Abbreviation codes in CSV files

 

I have noticed in some files there are abbreviation codes like /CW/EP/DF after the names. What do these codes mean?

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Those codes are most likely

Those codes are most likely specific to the file... which file are you looking at? The Combined Rest Area file, for example, has codes like VM to indicate vending machines, etc... I would think the author of the file might list the meanings of the abbreviations in the POI file description?

Geoff

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Which file(s)?

Codes

I was just going to ask a similar question about the Speed Camera file. In the third column, there are codes after the MPH. What are those for, and how do I use them? Should I be doing something special with the speeds too? This is for a Zumo 550. Thanks!

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As to the codes, check out this FAQ page which is linked on the enforcement camera page.

http://www.poi-factory.com/node/6483

For the speed alert info, this is from the POI Loader Help file.

If a file contains "GATSO," "mobile," "SPECS," "safety," "speed," or "camera," but does not have a speed, POI Loader uses a default alert speed of 0, which means you will always be alerted. You can override this default value by entering the speed in Manual mode.

Check this great guide for more information about alerts.

Hornbyp's guide to setting alerts with POI Loader
http://www.poi-factory.com/node/6764

Why?

drbillk wrote:

In the third column, there are codes after the MPH. What are those for, and how do I use them?

If it's not immediately obvious from MM's link, a code, instead of an address or intersection, makes it a little more difficult for somebody to rip off the file and label it theirs. A highjacked file, without Miss POI's cipher, would be very difficult to maintain, as possibly new (but maybe old) locations are offered up for inclusion.

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Code examples

The codes are from the Shell gas station POI here are the examples I was referring to.
SHELL/CW/EP/DF
SHELL/CW/EP/DF
SHELL/CW/EP
SHELL/EP/NG
SHELL/NB
SHELL
SHELL/EP
SHELL/EP
SHELL
SHELL/CW/EP
SHELL
SHELL
SHELL
SHELL
SHELL/CW/EP/NG
SHELL/EP
SHELL/CW/EP
SHELL/CW/EP
SHELL/CW/EP
SHELL
SHELL/EP

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Some answers

I'm sure the DF stands for Diesel Fuel and CW stands for Car Wash.

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NG is natural gas

lodge57 wrote:

The codes are from the Shell gas station POI here are the examples I was referring to.
SHELL/CW/EP/DF
SHELL/CW/EP/DF
SHELL/CW/EP
SHELL/EP/NG
SHELL/NB
SHELL
SHELL/EP
SHELL/EP
SHELL
SHELL/CW/EP
SHELL
SHELL
SHELL
SHELL
SHELL/CW/EP/NG
SHELL/EP
SHELL/CW/EP
SHELL/CW/EP
SHELL/CW/EP
SHELL
SHELL/EP

NG is natural gas
EP possible ethanal

Daniel

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How about RR (assuming

How about RR (assuming restrooms?), PT, VM, HF under the Rest Areas Combined File

Example: [RR,PT,VM,Pets,HF]|Gas, Food

Not a fan of the abbreviations in the rest areas file

RR = Restrooms
PT = Pit Toilet IIRC
VM = Vending Machines
HF = Handicapped Facilities

When I update the rest areas file for my own use, I replace the abbreviations. There are other pieces of data I discard as well. Problem is, I haven't updated my copy of the file in at least a year, since I stopped using my 1300LM as my primary navigation system.

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Shell File abbreviations

Just which file are you downloading? You may be looking at one of the old files and not the total USA/Can file. I maintain this total file and it does not have any of the above abbreviations in the file. This file was last updated last March.

Abbreviations in Rest Area files

tkrn4

The download page for this file states the following:

#2 The message shown on the GPSr will typically be "CA,I-5,SB,WILLOWS REST AREA, MM608" with the expanded information (COLUMN D) typically "RR, PT, VM, Pets, HF" where : RR=Rest Rooms, PT=Picnic Tables, VM=Vending Machines, Pets=Pet Walking Area, HF=Handicapped Facilities, RV Dump=self explanatory, Food=a restaurant of some sort, Gas= available, MM=Mile Marker (NT)=No Trucks

Abbreviations

PT in rest area files refers to Picnic Tables, not Pit Toilet. See the above post. Sorry that you are not a fan of the abbreviations in this file.

I like the abbreviations

mahoney wrote:

PT in rest area files refers to Picnic Tables, not Pit Toilet. See the above post. Sorry that you are not a fan of the abbreviations in this file.

It gives me something to think about and I can usually figure them out. It really makes it handy if you are looking for a place to have a picnic as a lot of places don't have them available.

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@mahoney

My dislike for the abbreviations dates back long before you took over maintaining the file. Same thing with the use of ALL CAPS in the entries. It's simply not a user friendly file in my view. The abbreviations are simply a matter of author convenience rather than user convenience. The use of all caps makes the entries harder to read, not easier. The extraneous fluff such as mile markers and the like is subject to debate. I don't need them but I understand there are those who do.

Despite the flaws, it is perhaps the most complete rest area file for the US available. If it wasn't, it wouldn't be on my devices. Thus I spent a fair amount of time to make it as user friendly as I feel it should be.

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My opinion

Strephon_Alkhalikoi wrote:

. . . it is perhaps the most complete rest area file for the US available. If it wasn't, it wouldn't be on my devices.

My opinion also, and I sincerely appreciate the work put into maintaining it.

- Tom -

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