Talk:Navigation

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Navigation[edit]

[from Wikivoyage talk:Requested articles]

The redlink Navigation is described as:

this would cover the use of satellite positioning systems (GPS is by far the most well-known, but units may also rely on Russia's GLONASS or the E.U.'s Galileo). Topics would include navigating with such units, types of receivers, use of such devices, & restrictions (some countries ban the import of such devices by foreigners). This topic should also incorporate info from and replace the Orienteering article, which covers map/compass navigation. This would be a great page to link from various activities which often rely on GPS receivers to navigate.

I do not agree. Navigation is the term commonly used for navigation at sea and in the air. If we have an article with that name I think it should be something suitable to link from Cruising on small craft (aviators should probably not get their navigation advice from us), perhaps on getting sea charts and nautical publications, issues in some waters, something about equipment, a very short introduction to navigation itself (mostly to give understanding about what to learn), some tricks important in some waters but neglected in others and perhaps something about how to learn the basics.

The suggested article should instead be named satellite navigation or simply GPS. The latter name may not include GLONASS & friends, but they may still be described and the page renamed in the future. It is probably the name most easily linked from other articles.

I think the navigation article can wait quite a while. There is a lot to do before we can serve boaters and navigation is the least of issues (for us, as serious boaters know how to navigate and others will find a lot of better guides on the net before stumbling over ours).

The orienteering article should be developed. I think it should not be replaced, as not everybody needing orienteering skills will need or have a navigator. Much better with an orienteering stub referring to GPS for the navigator stuff.

--LPfi (talk) 07:27, 12 October 2013 (UTC)