Integrating Location-Based Features
We have been looking at many new features and capabilities in SharePoint 2013 related to building responsive web sites. With the rapid adoption of smart phones and tablets, we have the opportunity to use GPS capabilities in mobile devices to support location-based features in our web sites. Knowing the user's location helps to boost the quality of the site. In this chapter, we demonstrate how to use the new geolocation metadata field in SharePoint 2013 and the HTML5 Geolocation API to integrate maps and location-based features into a site. First, we look at the basics of the HTML5 Geolocation API. Then we demonstrate the new geolocation features in SharePoint 2013. Finally, we explore how we can extend the new geolocation features in SharePoint 2013 and walk through an example by building our own SharePoint-hosted app to integrate SharePoint geolocation, HTML5 geolocation, and Bing Maps features into the Specter Group community site.