[Loadstone] Absolute or relative compass: suggestion.

Shawn Kirkpatrick shawn at odyssey.cm.nu
Wed Dec 20 01:01:18 GMT 2006

If I understand this correctly you'd want the compass to rotate relative to 
the current heading? This would make west left, east right, and so on. I 
think that would get very confusing since normally compass directions are 
fixed. This also goes for degrees. Having any function change behaviour 
depending on speed would probably be confusing as well. If you're trying to 
determine where you are having the key that tells you that change its 
behaviour when you slow down would make things very difficult.

On Mon, 20 Nov 2006, Gabriel Battaglia wrote:

> Hello everybody.
> After Shawn explanation I understood this way on working for Loadstone.
> Shortly, if you setted the point direction as a clock face the joystick will
> use the compass related to your direction, so up will be in front of you,
> down will be at your back and so on.
> Otherwise, setting the point direction shown in degrees or in cardinal both
> semplified or not, the Joystick uses the real compass, in other words up
> will be the real geographical north, down will pooint to the real south and
> so on.
> I discuss today this feature with some other italian user of Loadstone and
> we all agree to suggest some alternative to programmers because this way, in
> our opinion could cause confusion and we think it could be improved a lot
> with just a simple solution I'm going to propose you.
> So, this is not just my idea but thought and discuss on it with other
> people.
> We suggest you to let users free to set whatever they want to have as point
> direction, heading direction and explorer direction. In order to decide if
> the compas used by Loadstone must be relative to the header direction or
> absolute, you may add a switch to the option.
> Just think, for example that if someone set the point direction as a clock
> face, when he/she stops somewhere, Loadstone passes from the relative
> compass to the absolute one as it hasn't more speed to check the direction.
> We agree it may cause a big mess in someone who's beginner. Moreover, I
> would use the degrees and the relative compass at the same time but I can't
> because these two options are related one to eachother.
> What do you think about our request? What do the other Loadstoners think?
> Greetings.
> Gabriel.
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