Pierebean wrote:Perhaps,this web-site do not have a editable-database.But, it has the capital avantage of mentionning every little places in the whole world, with exact coordinates(including elevation)! It allows at least to draw a local tipographic map. To my mind, it is enough.
BTW,thx t00fri for the regular location ssc file.however i did not get this sentence:sorryWith 40 000+ locations we simply do not have enough space on the screen to print out the elevation besides the name...
the database you quoted contains indeed pretty small places.
There are other extensive databases for earth locations that I occasionally have exploited for cross-checking coordinates. These contain in part much more detailed info than the one you quoted. What really matters in the end is their reliability.
In any case the interactive site you quoted, has little use for Celestia as a whole, since its database content cannot be accessed and manipulated by means of scripts. It might be useful for individuals to compose their own neighborhood manually.
I think the elevation parameter is only useful, if 3ds or cmod models exist, accounting for the true shapes of the objects. In case of Earth, the location names are floating somewhere in the air, if a nonzero elevation is added. Here we generate a pseudo 3d-impression by means of bumpmaps or normalmaps (dynamical shading). Furthermore, the hires satellite photos of the nightlights also do not properly cooperate with labels that are 'elevated'.