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February 26, 2006


Stuart Langridge

Just as a data point, the "turn left on Galer" approach would have to be a thing localised for the American market. In Britain, it'd be "turn left onto East Galer Street", as the device says; while this doesn't prevent it being a good idea for sale in America, it's not something you could just trivially apply to all versions of the software. I don't know whether satellite navigation systems are available in "localised" versions; obviously the maps themselves change, but if I, an Englishman, am using my satnav system to drive around America, I'd like the directions still offered in my style rather than the map's style.
It still shouldn't be all that difficult to do, though.

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Jarno Peschier

Right Stuart, same in the Netherlands. Example: turning left onto the Scheldestraat should really remain "Sla links af, de Scheldestraat in" at all times because just saying "Schelde" would be silly at best. So that kind of "abbreviation" of the full directions would have to be something that is part of the localisation that is done when the user selects/loads another "voice". Map data should always contain as full a street name as possible, not including any localized abbreviations.

Mike Hearn

+1 to Stuart (hi by the way!) on it being more natural to hear localized directions.

Another thing - surely for a device designed to stop you getting lost it's better to optimize for explicitness over naturalness?

Michael Zuschlag

“…includes an MP3 player, a photo vault, a currency converter, a world clock, a foreign language dictionary, and a travel guide. This is a good sign that Garmin's considering the overall user experience of the device….”

Which is a what? General travel resource computer? I don’t know. Given limited display and controls, I think there’s something to be said for focusing a small device on a narrow constellation of related features. Otherwise, the additional features tend to either end up getting in the way of the main feature, or are so hard to get to or use, you don’t use them anyway. It reminds me of a song, which I’d send you, but I can’t remember if it’s on my PDA, MP3 player, cell phone, GPS, flash drive, laptop, desktop, or toaster.

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