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  1. Victoria
  2. Form2Content KML Feeds extension
  3. Tuesday, 03 December 2013
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Hello,

I am looking at the KML feeds extension and am wondering if it can do the following:

1. I need for Google Maps to show multiple locations in the database (in F2C's case, i assume its from the articles table).
2. I also need search to be able to display not only search results but to alter Google maps display to show only the search results (like yelp).
3. is this extension ready for Joomla 3.x? I saw only 2.5 and 1.7 listed in one of the articles regardign KML.

regarding #2, i read that it is not possible, but I just want to make sure (because i don't know if the documentation may be up to date).

Regarding #1, I already have a map set up to show results from a data table, but am confused because the Joomla article's data table do not have specific columns labled Lat and Lon. So how do I connect the map KML file to the article's Lat/Lon info even if I did have the Geocoder?

I hope this isn't too complicated of a question, looking forward to any answers I can get :)

-V
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F2C webmaster Accepted Answer Pending Moderation
Hi Victoria,

The J2.5 plugins work in J3.x also but we are working on newer versions with correct syntax to avoid confusion.

Regards,
Patrick
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F2C webmaster Accepted Answer Pending Moderation
Hi Victoria,

The F2C KML extension generates a KML Feed ..... this is a data type (XML) which can be loaded into Google Maps.

F2C does NOT display the Google Maps, we just create the KML Feed. You will need your own code or a third party extension as described in the documentation.

You can, through templating (smarty just like in F2C templating), determine the content of the KML feed.

Like the documentation states, F2C Search can not dynamically create/filter a KML Feed. The two extensions are separate.

I do not know what you have setup with what data tables .... you can custom program using the Google Maps API and data from teh database but that has nothing to do with what F2C KML feeds does.

Hope this helps, otherwise please be more specific in the issue.

Regards,
Patrick
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Victoria Accepted Answer Pending Moderation
Hi Patrick,

thanks for the response,

I guess to simplify my question: I am using Mike Reumer's Google Maps plugin as suggested in the documentation, and also read the Google Maps API documentation on how to set up files to show points from a database table. In Google Maps API documentation, their example requires you to create a table from scratch (which I have done before) and that table has columns Lat and Lon. For F2C, all of the articles that I create (where I intend to add Lat and Lon info in these articles) belong in the Content table, which in Joomla 3.x have your typical columns like Title, Fulltext, created By, etc. But the Content Table does not have any columns that are designated to Lat and Lon.

In my understanding from Google's documentation, the XML files producing KML have functions that call from Lat and Lon columns in Google's sample data table, which yes, has columns specified for Lat and Lon. But Content table does not, which is where F2C data is input.

How should the Google Maps XML file call Lat and Lon from the Content table which doesn't have Lat and Lon columns?
F2C Pro has Geocode, how does the Geocode option factor into Google Maps' function to call Lat and Lon?

Hope this question is in enough details and makes more sense : )

-V
F2C webmaster Accepted Answer Pending Moderation
Hi Victoria,

Thank you for your explanation. You don't need to create any tables..... The KML feed has all the data. You can read Mike's documentation on how to set his Google Maps plugin up using a KML feed, which in this case in generated by Form2Content.

Since the KML feed has the data you control the content via F2C KML Feeds extension. Start with the simple verions (default) where you just template the content of the placemarkers. I also added documentation so you can check if your feed is correct. (see link below).

Hope this clarifies stuff.

Regards,
Patrick
References
  1. http://documentation.form2content.com/f2c-extensions/f2c-kml-feeds/118-kml-feeds-please-read
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Victoria Accepted Answer Pending Moderation
Hi Patrick,

Thanks for the response, it does clarify things for me, however, I only see the KML feeds plugin available for Joomla 1.5 and 2.5, is tehre a Joomla 3.x version coming out?
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