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    Geolocation Widget number of decimal places used in the Coordinates

    Asked by Julian on June 24, 2015 at 05:07 AM

    One thing still remains, the completely inappropriate and meaningless number of decimal places in the displayed coords. Not just unnecessary, but misleads people who might want to enter their own coords, and reduces user faith in our forms.  My users know that more than 5 decimal places is totally pointless and send me rude emails about the Jotform presentation.  Obviously it's not needed and is an artifact of the programming, and it should be fixed.

    Note that 5 decimal places lets you specify which part of a tree you are looking at (about 1m resolution, and more than GPS accuracy). 


    It should look like this:




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    Answered by BJoanna on June 24, 2015 at 07:53 AM

    Unfortunately longitude of Geolocation Widget is set to 14 decimals by default and that can not be changed. However your users can enter only 5 decimals, they do not have to enter 14 decimals. 

    Also you can removed manual entry form Geolocation Widget and you can set coordinates precision to 5 decimals, so that way inside of your submissions latitude and longitude will be rounder to 5 decimals. 

    Hope this will help. Let us know if you need further assistance. 

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    Answered by Aaardvaark on June 24, 2015 at 11:06 PM

    I was halfway through writing a response as below, but I think that you have actually fixed the escessive digits problem!?  Is it true, has the number of decimal places finally been set to 5? (when I checked yesterday, it was still showing many decimal places, when I checked just now it seems to be fixed).






    Thanks for your answer.

    But of course the number of decimals can be changed somehow, since it is a piece of software.  Maybe not at one level, but at another level.  When using the form builder, the number of digits is already limited to 6, so it can be done somehow.  If decimal places can be limited on form builder, then they can on the user level form.  Obvisouly there is a programming error somewhere that allows the incorrect number of decimals.  Notice that when you first look at my form, the left hand box is limited to 6 places, like the

    The large number of useless digits is poor for ergonomics, for people's understanding, and for people's faith in Jotform as a serious platform.

    Can you show me how to set coordinate precision 'inside submissions' please?

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    Answered by Charlie on June 25, 2015 at 02:20 AM


    I'm currently checking the Geolocation widget and it seems like the displayed coordinates is now dependent on the "Coordinates Precision" setting.


    Here's a sample form, I set the "Coordinates Precision" to "3", this is how it looks like: http://form.jotformpro.com/form/51750966236966.

    Let us know if you are still having problems on it.

    Thank you.

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    Answered by Aaardvaark on June 25, 2015 at 02:41 AM

    Thanks. So this can be adjusted when you first set up the widget, but not from properties afterwards, is that correct?


    Great to have this finally sorted out!!!!!



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    Answered by Charlie on June 25, 2015 at 03:58 AM

    You can easily change the "Coordinates Precision" anytime, just click the widget, then click the "wand" or "wizard" icon on it to open the widgets settings.


    From the widget's setting, you can update or change the Geolocation there. 

    Let us know if you need more information on this.

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    Answered by Aaardvaark on June 26, 2015 at 12:42 AM

    When I look at the wizard thing, it shows me this ... no mention of decimal places, although someone has set mine to five decimal places somehow.


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    Answered by Charlie on June 26, 2015 at 03:37 AM

    It seems like the widget your using is not updated, could you try removing and adding again the Geolocation widget? That should let you have the new options.

    Let us know if that works.


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    Answered by TitusN on June 26, 2015 at 04:47 AM

    Yes - this has been fixed. 

    You will however need to get the latest version of the widget to customize the precision setting. 

    If you remove the widget from your form, you may lose associated data, so let us know if you would like us to update the widget for you without data loss. 

    This setting essentially increases or decreases the decimal places for the Lat and long values - both for the input box and the submitted values:


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    Answered by Aaardvaark on June 26, 2015 at 11:53 PM

    Thanks - I know what the setting does, since I've been asking for it for nearly a year!  I do not want to risk data and if there's no other reason to update the widget I'll leave it as it is.  Someone somehow seems to have set my widget to 5 decimal places, though I don't know how or when, and that's what I want.

    Is there any other reason to update the widget? 

    However if you can update it without changing my widget related data or settings then please go ahead.



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    Answered by BJoanna on June 27, 2015 at 02:41 AM

    If you want that your widget is set to 5 decimals, as it is now, then there is no reason to removed it and add it again and risk losing your data. 

    Let us know if you need further assistance.