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> If the mail can find its way to the right point, so can this type of URL.

What in the world do those things have in common with each other? Mail gets "resolved" over a period of days and involves a small army of people, many with local knowledge. It also frequently fails and needs updated (postal codes change, street names change, etc).

> having to look up lat/lon first in order to pinpoint an address on a map seems not convenient at all

Who has to look up anything? We're talking about a URL--the software does the lookup and the user just sees the correct map.




> Who has to look up anything? We're talking about a URL--the software does the lookup and the user just sees the correct map.

On the contrary, we're talking about friendly URLs, comprehensible to normals. A human can compose a URL of the format proposed by the example, and have it point to the correct map. With lat:lon URLs, the human would have to geocode their address into lat:lon then compose the URL.

However, to agree with one part of your point, software manages to accomplish that today: put in an exact mailing address, and get a pin on a map. Therefore, one can obviously parse an address from a URL, and get the same pin on a map. Best of both worlds: human friendly URLs, while supporting lat:lon for any non-address POI.




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