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support solo daddr parameter similar to maps.apple and maps.google RRS feed

  • Question

  • It would be nice if bing maps supported the destination address parameter 'daddr' by itself without a start address similar to google maps and apple maps.

    This is important to show a 'get directions' link on mobile devices that opens in the default app for that device.

    compare these links on their appropriate devices:

    http://maps.bing.com?daddr=nicks%20chophouse%20700%20King%20Farm%20Boulevard%20rockville%20md
    http://maps.apple.com?daddr=nicks%20chophouse%20700%20King%20Farm%20Boulevard%20rockville%20md
    http://maps.google.com?daddr=nicks%20chophouse%20700%20King%20Farm%20Boulevard%20rockville%20md

    the bing link does not work correctly on windows phone, it opens a default bing map with no address selected... on desktop it does not work correctly either.

    Whats the correct parameter to open directions in bing for windows mobile?


    • Changed type Kris Meister Thursday, February 18, 2016 4:41 PM
    • Changed type Ricky_Brundritt Saturday, February 20, 2016 1:45 AM
    • Edited by Kris Meister Monday, February 22, 2016 7:48 AM made a question
    Thursday, February 18, 2016 4:27 PM

Answers

  • If you want a directions use the rtp parameter. It allows you to specify the different ends points or individual ones. The Bing Maps URL parameters has been around a lot longer and are more widely used than the ones you mentioned. Additionally the Bing Maps URL parameters also have a lot more options and features that aren't supported by the other format you mentioned.

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    Friday, February 19, 2016 2:37 AM

All replies

  • Bing Maps supports a bunch of custom URL parameters and has long before these other URL's did. You can find full documentation here: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn217138.aspx

    In your case, use the "where1=" parameter instead of "daddr=".


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    • Proposed as answer by Ricky_Brundritt Saturday, February 20, 2016 1:45 AM
    • Marked as answer by Ricky_Brundritt Saturday, February 20, 2016 1:45 AM
    • Unmarked as answer by Kris Meister Monday, February 22, 2016 7:46 AM
    • Unproposed as answer by Kris Meister Monday, February 22, 2016 7:56 AM
    Thursday, February 18, 2016 5:46 PM
  • If you want a directions use the rtp parameter. It allows you to specify the different ends points or individual ones. The Bing Maps URL parameters has been around a lot longer and are more widely used than the ones you mentioned. Additionally the Bing Maps URL parameters also have a lot more options and features that aren't supported by the other format you mentioned.

    http://rbrundritt.wordpress.com

    Friday, February 19, 2016 2:37 AM
  • There maybe some possible parameter that is supported in the same manner. However, being the compatible with the other services would be helpful.

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    But where1 on desktop does not open a directions dialog, it acts the same as 'q' param.

    On windows phone where1 does not do anything.

    Monday, February 22, 2016 7:47 AM
  • I'm not sure why this doesn't appear under the correct answer when i click reply.

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    This does work well for windows phone:
    http://maps.bing.com/?rtp=~adr.nicks%20chophouse%20700%20King%20Farm%20Boulevard%20rockville%20md 

    I'd still argue it would be convenient to support the daddr as well.

    Thanks a bunch!




    Monday, February 22, 2016 7:49 AM