LiveCode & google maps...

Devin Asay devin_asay at
Tue Feb 15 11:57:58 EST 2011

On Feb 15, 2011, at 8:56 AM, Peter Brigham MD wrote:

> On Feb 15, 2011, at 8:41 AM, John Dixon wrote:
>> Could some please point me in the right direction...
>> I
>> would like to use the browser object in a stack to display a google
>> map… that I can do. I would like to be able to choose a postcode or  
>> the
>> name of a town or village from a list in a field in the stack to place
>> the two markers, showing the start and finish location, get the
>> direction drawn on the google map and the total distance put into
>> another field in the stack...
>> If someone could point me in the
>> the right direction (no pun intended !) of how to go about doing this
>> from within LiveCode… it would be appreciated as I don't know really  
>> where to start..
> Here is a function I have used to fetch the total distance between two  
> addresses from Google maps. The function returns the distance without  
> displaying any map, but you could play with the script to also display  
> the map.
> --------
> function getMileage
>    put "" & \
>           "origin=<tOrig>&destination=<tDest>&sensor=false" into tURL
>    put fld "from" into tStart
>    put fld "to" into tEnd
>    replace "<tOrig>" with urlEncode(tStart) in tURL
>    replace "<tDest>" with urlEncode(tEnd) in tURL
>    put URL tURL into t
>    put lineoffsets("<distance>",t) into startSect
>    put item -1 of startSect into startSect
>    put lineoffsets("</distance>",t) into endSect
>    put item -1 of endSect into endSect
>    if startSect = 0 or endSect = 0 then
>       beep
>       exit to top
>    end if
>    put line startSect+1 to endSect-1 of t into tSect
>    put lineoffset("<text>",tSect) into dLine
>    if dLine = 0 then
>       beep
>       exit to top
>    end if
>    put sr(line startSect + dLine of t) into tMiles
>    --   <text>3.6 mi</text>
>    replace "<text>" with empty in tMiles
>    delete word -1 of tMiles
>    return tMiles
> end getMileage


Thanks for sharing this code. Can you tell us what format the origin and distance argument values need to be in? City, State, Country? Postal Code?


Devin Asay
Humanities Technology and Research Support Center
Brigham Young University

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