The Future of the Fixtures List for UK Orienteering

Interesting discussion (page 2) on NopeSport – disclaimer: I’ve contributed to the discussion – at the moment about the fixtures list for UK orienteering, and a general desire for it to be more comprehensive and incorporating more Web 2.0 functionality (e.g. RSS, Google Map API with maybe a bit of AJAX, Location-based service.) I’m bursting with ideas but they are all quite time consuming to implement.

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  1. I like the new Events list.
    How about only listing the events that are within X miles?

    Are you happy for me to link to your events page from the Southdowns and EckO sites?

    Any chance of telling me how you are converting the info from BOF etc. to Google friendly locations?

    I am just starting to get into using databases and XML etc. and “can’t see the wood for the trees”. There is so much stuff out there I keep getting drawn off on tangents.

  2. By all means, go for it.

    I’m using regular expressions (regexp) to screen-scrape the BOF
    fixtures listing, converting the grid references to the latitude/
    longitude pairs that Google uses using a bit of code that a friend
    wrote in Oxford – however, phpcoord looks like it does the same thing
    – take a look at For working out
    the distances/directions of the events from you, take a look at the
    excellent GeoCalc –

    NB. I’m not using AJAX or XML for the Google map at this point.
    Haven’t learn’t AJAX yet – it’s next on my list!

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