I’m vaguely aware of a cunning plan to migrate all summit position data to a single common format. I suspect that the chosen format will be degrees and decimal degrees of latitude and longitude, as currently used in the revised DM Association data. Whilst I can see that such a format is easier for a computer to store and manipulate, it is not a user-friendly system.
In order to look up any summit on a conventional map, or to convert to a Maidenhead locator, one must first make the conversion to “traditional” dd mm ss format. Whilst there are programs and websites allowing this, it is a time consuming process, and one subject to error at each stage.
Is it possible, whilst storing the data in a convenient format, that the “displayed” positional information, on summit search or similar function, is given in a more helpful form? I would suggest dd mm ss N dd mm ss E/W, or Maidenhead locator, or, ideally, both.
Does anybody else have any thoughts on this?
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