Tool to get the shortest path in a compass course. The compass is a navigational instrument for locating the North and by extension the South, West and East.

Compass Course - dCode

Tag(s) : Geography

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A compass route is any type of route defined using the 4 cardinal points (`N` for North, `E` for East, `S` for South, and `W` for West) that can therefore be carried out using a compass.

Walk the requested path and calculate/represent the final position. This position is then given by 2 coordinates with respect to the starting point.

__Example:__ Going 10 steps to the East `E` then 10 steps to the West `W` is to return to the starting point. So better not to have moved!

dCode calculates the path traveled, its distance, its orientation but also its equivalent in a straight line.

__Example:__ If a treasure is 40 steps North, then 30 steps East, then 20 steps South, and 10 steps West, then indicate `40N-30E-20S-10W`. dCode will simplify the path to `20N,20E`, read 20 steps North and 20 steps East (relatively to the starting point). The move is simplified to only 40 steps (20 + 20) instead of 100 (40 + 30 + 20 + 10). For information, a walker as the crow flies (in a straight line), will be about 28.3 steps from its starting point.

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The expected format is `number1direction1,number2direction2`, ie. `2N,3E` for `2` (steps, meters, etc.) direction North then `3` direction East.

Only integers are allowed

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*Compass Course* on dCode.fr [online website], retrieved on 2024-09-10,

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