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  1. #1
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    May 2013

    How can I retrieve a decimal latitude / longitude when dragging a marker?

    I have the following code which will update a textbox with latitude / longtitude of a location when I drag a marker on the map to its location:

    var listener = function (evt) {
        /* We check if this drag listener is called while the marker is being
            * dragged using the default behavior component
        var mapDragType = evt.dataTransfer.getData("application/map-drag-type");
        if (mapDragType === "marker") {
            // Get the marker itself.
            var marker = evt.dataTransfer.getData("application/map-drag-object");
            // Get the offset of the mouse relative to the top-left corner of the marker.
            var offset = evt.dataTransfer.getData("application/map-drag-object-offset");
            /* Calculate the current coordinate of the marker, so substract the offset from the 
                * current displayX/Y position to get the top-left position of the marker and then
                * add the anchor to get the pixel position of the anchor of the marker and then 
                * query for the coordinate of that pixel position
            var coordinate = map.pixelToGeo(evt.displayX - offset.x + marker.anchor.x, evt.displayY - offset.y + marker.anchor.y);
            // If the marker is dragged above a zone where it may not be dropped
            if (evt.dataTransfer.dropEffect === "none") {
                // If this is the end of the drag
                if (evt.type === "dragend") {
                    // then the marker will jump back to where it was; 
                    updateInputValue(marker, marker.coordinate.toString());
                else {
                    // otherwise it is currently (while being dragged) above an invalid drop zone
                    updateInputValue(marker, "Invalid drop zone!");
            else {
                // If the marker is somewhere above the map, update info text with the new coordinate.
                    updateInputValue(marker, coordinate.toString());
    /* Create a helper method that updates the text fields associated with the 
        * marker passed as argument
    var updateInputValue = function (draggedMarker, text) {
        if (draggedMarker === marker)
        //markerPosUiElt.innerHTML = text;
    The problem I'm having is that the latitude / longtitude outputs in long format when I need it in decimal format.

    I've tried changing the following lines:

    updateInputValue(marker, marker.coordinate.toString());
    To the following:

    updateInputValue(marker, marker.coordinate.latitude.ToString() + ', ' + marker.coordinate.longitude.ToString());
    But then my text box stops populating (I imagine an error is throwing which isn't bubbling up). I've even tried just retrieving the latitude with the following:

    updateInputValue(marker, marker.coordinate.latitude.ToString());
    But I still receive no output.

    How can I accomplish this? I definitely don't want a long format latitude / longitude and only wish to write the decimal version on this to my textbox.

  2. #2
    Nokia Developer Moderator
    Join Date
    Aug 2011

    Re: How can I retrieve a decimal latitude / longitude when dragging a marker?

    The coordinate of a marker is only updated during the dragend event, so if you want to track the intermediate locations, you'll have to a re-calculate the current target location during the drag event using the map.pixelToGeo() method. You can reference the moving marker as the target of the current event i.e. evt.target

    • The evt.target.coordinate of the Marker i.e. the coordinate property returns a formatted latitude/longitude.
    • The evt.target.coordinate.latitude and evt.target.coordinate.longitude give the coordinates in decimal degrees.

    Here is a working example - you'll need to substitute in your own app id and token to get it to work of course.

        <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
        <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
        		<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=7; IE=EmulateIE9; IE=EmulateIE10;"/>
        		<base href="http://developer.here.com/apiexplorer/examples/api-for-js/events/map-object-events-displayed.html" />
        		<meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8"/>
        		<title>Nokia Maps API for JavaScript Example: Map Object events</title>
        		<meta name="description" content="Adding event listeners to objects on the map"/>
        		<meta name="keywords" content="mapobjectevents, map, display, object, events"/>
        		<!-- For scaling content for mobile devices, setting the viewport to the width of the device-->
        		<meta name=viewport content="initial-scale=1.0, maximum-scale=1.0, user-scalable=no"/>
        		<!-- By default we add ?with=all to load every package available, it's better to change this parameter to your use case. Options ?with=maps|positioning|places|placesdata|directions|datarendering|all -->
        		<script type="text/javascript" charset="UTF-8" src="http://api.maps.nokia.com/2.2.4/jsl.js?with=all"></script>
        		<div id="mapContainer" style="width:70%; height:70%; left:0; top:50; position: absolute;"></div>
        		<div id="uiContainer" style="left:0; top:0; position: absolute;" >HELLO</div>
        		<script type="text/javascript" id="exampleJsSource">
        // <![CDATA[	
        // Don't forget to set your API credentials
        // Replace with your appId and token which you can obtain when you 
        // register on http://api.developer.nokia.com/ 
        			nokia.Settings.set( "appId", "YOUR APP ID GOES HERE"); 
        			nokia.Settings.set( "authenticationToken", "YOUR AUTHENTICATION TOKEN GOES HERE");
        // Get the DOM node to which we will append the map
        var mapContainer = document.getElementById("mapContainer");
        // Create a map inside the map container DOM node
        var map = new nokia.maps.map.Display(mapContainer, {
        	// Initial center and zoom level of the map
        	center: [52.51, 13.4],
        	zoomLevel: 7,
        	// We add the behavior component to allow panning / zooming of the map
        	components:[new nokia.maps.map.component.Behavior()]
        // Create a default listener for events that will just log a message.
        var defaultHandler = function (evt) {
        	if (evt.target instanceof nokia.maps.map.Marker) {
        		var div = document.getElementById("uiContainer");
        		if (evt.type = "dragend"){
        			div.innerHTML = evt.type + " Formated: " + evt.target.coordinate  + " Decimal: " + evt.target.coordinate.latitude + ", " + evt.target.coordinate.longitude;
        		if (evt.type = "dragend"){
        			var coordinate = map.pixelToGeo(evt.displayX + evt.target.anchor.x, evt.displayY + evt.target.anchor.y);
        			div.innerHTML = evt.type + " Formated: " + coordinate  + " Decimal: " + coordinate.latitude + ", " + coordinate.longitude;
        	if (evt.target instanceof nokia.maps.map.Spatial) {
        		/* Prevent other event listeners from being triggered
        		 * For more details see  nokia.maps.dom.Event
        /* Adding event listeners one by one to a map object is not very
         * efficient therefore we have created a shortcut method 
         * to add multiple eventlisteners to an object using the "eventListener" property
        // Template with all listeners to be registered.
        var listeners = {
        	// type: [(listener, useCapture, namespaceURI)(, listener, useCapture, namespaceURI)(, ...)]
        	"dragstart": [defaultHandler, false, null],
        	"drag": [defaultHandler, false, null],
        	"dragend": [defaultHandler, false, null]
        // Create image marker object
        var imageMarker = new nokia.maps.map.Marker(
        	[52.88745, 13.43246],
        		$name: "Image Marker",
        		eventListener: listeners,
        		icon: "../../res/markerHouse.png",
        		anchor: new nokia.maps.util.Point(35, 89),
        		draggable: true
        // Add event listeners to the marker
        // ]]>

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