>> Great! Yet another unnecessary, overcomplicated, >> incompatible format for representing geographic >> coordinates. But I guess when your only tool is a >> Howitzer, you use it, even when you just need to >> drive a nail.
> The geo format may not be strictly necessary, > but it could be a useful addition to simple HTML > pages.
> The geo format does not appear to be > overcomplicated.
Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder I guess. I see DIV this, Class that, a bunch of angle brackets, alternative forms. So much extra stuff for so little gain, and, bonus!, incompatible with prior formats.
> If other formats already serve this purpose, > great. Can you suggest formats and point to > examples of how they can be used to encode GPS > coordinates in arbitrary Web pages?
As one simple but effective example, the coordinates could be encoded in a conventional URL. A few years ago, someone wrote an interesting little web spider that harvested web pages containing map-generating URLs referring to popular mapping sites (Topozone, Tiger Map Server, etc.). The author extracted the coordinates from the URLs and plotted them on some maps, showing a number of interesting ways to visualize statistical and other information about the data. The code that detected and parsed the URLs was quite simple, and could have been even simpler if the author had chosen to handle only URLs referring to a a single map generator, such as Tiger.
Also, there have been numerous prior XML formats for representing geospatial data, including Garmin's format and several for GIS applications.