Latitude and longitude in Geolocation Widget are rounded to 5 decimal places inside of the submissions

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    BTemp
    Asked on April 24, 2015 at 06:53 PM

    Hello.

    Demo Form: http://form.jotform.us/form/51137549020145

    I have also posted the following question to the widget iteslf: http://developers.jotform.com/forum/geolocation

     

    The Geolocation Widget is awesome. But there's just one (big) problem. After the location is determined and the form submitted, the level of precision reported in the email data is rounded (gasp!) to only 5 decimal places

    In the case of latitude and longitude, the difference between -85.57149149999998 and -85.57149 is absolutely huge!

    This is an awesome widget! Please set the reported data to report the same value, with the same level of precision, as what is reported by the widget. Please update this widget to not round off the decimals as it makes this nearly useless.

    Is there a way to correct this? Can I force a reporting of the proper decimal places?

    How soon can this be updated? I planned to deploy this soon, but it's not working properly.

     

    Thanks. This tool is amazing.

    -Btemp.

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    BJoanna
    Answered on April 25, 2015 at 03:32 AM

    I have tested your form and I noticed like you mentioned that latitude and longitude are rounder to 5 decimal places when user submit the form.  I could not find any settings where this can be changed. I will escalate this to our developers so they can look into it. We can not give you exact time frame when or if this will be changed. But once it is we will inform you via this thread. 

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    btemp
    Answered on April 26, 2015 at 12:23 PM

    Thank you BJoanna.

    To get more specific, I should have said how many decimal places I would like to have.

    I would recommend recording at least 7 decimal places.

    References:

    - When using Google Maps and right-clicking on a map and saying "What's Here" you'll notice that they offer 6 decimal places in the text output, but use 7 decimal places in the URL. That's a reasonable standard. Source

    - Wikipedia says that "5 decimal places is precise to 1.1132 meter at the equator." That means that 5 decimal places is not as bad as I thought. But it increasing to 7, would bring it to the"practical limit of commercial surveying". Source

     

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    BJoanna
    Answered on April 26, 2015 at 01:07 PM

    Thanks for additional info. I will inform our developers about recommendation. 

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    TitusN
    Answered on June 23, 2015 at 05:01 AM

    Hello, 

    You can now specify whichever precision you desire as the submission value.

    Please try that out - and share your experience. 

    Thanks!!