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Breadcrumb: geo-political policy RRS feed

  • Question

  • Is there a set Bing policy for the content of the Breadcrumb?  There are a few surprising wayward ones which come up.

    It is not a matter of language: a place name may very different in each language.  It is how places subject to territorial disputes or aspirations are described.

    There are many geo-political sensitivities which Bing deals with in different ways; for example a location in Arunachal Pradesh produces no breadcrumb in case the label "India" upsets the Chinese (even though it is obviously part of India). A location in the Western Sahara will be labelled "Morocco", which recognises reality even if the international community does not recognise that reality. Cyprus is all 'Cyprus': the island is politically in three parts but it is all Cyprus. There are other labels which pop up over a few places which raise the eyebrows more than somewhat.

    Is there a written policy?

    Sunday, April 15, 2018 2:14 PM

Answers

  • The breadcrumb is powered by the reverse geocoder which takes the center coordinate of the map. The Bing Maps control takes into consideration user region and culture settings and modifies what is shown accordingly. If you see  something displayed one way in a disputed area, someone else in another region may see a different breadcrumb value appear. All map data changes as well from the geocoders to the base map labels based on the user region and culture settings of the user and are set to align with the views of the users region.

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    Sunday, April 15, 2018 10:27 PM

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  • The breadcrumb is powered by the reverse geocoder which takes the center coordinate of the map. The Bing Maps control takes into consideration user region and culture settings and modifies what is shown accordingly. If you see  something displayed one way in a disputed area, someone else in another region may see a different breadcrumb value appear. All map data changes as well from the geocoders to the base map labels based on the user region and culture settings of the user and are set to align with the views of the users region.

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    Sunday, April 15, 2018 10:27 PM
  • Thanks.  That does not explain why I, a user in Hertfordshire, UK, with UK settings, see the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and much of Antarctica breadcrumbed as 'Argentina - Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and South Atlantic Islands'.

    Has someone in the office pushed the wrong switch, or has an Argentine agent hacked the system?

    Sunday, April 15, 2018 10:40 PM
  • Odd, thanks for reporting, I'll pass this on to the Bing Maps team so they can investigate.

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    Monday, April 16, 2018 4:55 PM