[iRail] iRail Chrome Packaged WebApp

Wouter Vandenneucker wouter at irail.be
Sat May 25 20:32:47 UTC 2013

Hi all

Yesterday I talked to Pieter on twitter and asked if there was a desktop
app or offline WebApp to check which train to take. Since there wasn't any
and I was already searching for a first WebApp I could build, I took
Pieters "advice" ( = "ooh, so you want a chrome app? Build it" ).

And so I started building a little packaged WebApp for iRail. And even
more: I finished it (mostly).
For those interested, you can find it here:
Please do fork it to the iRail GitHub, I don't have the permissions to do
Of course I welcome all feedback.

A few things aren't totally working like I'd like it. Html5 date for
instance is dd-mm-yyyy, you can only change it by changing your local
settings.. kinda stupid.

Anyhow, in the process I also spotted something odd on the http://irail.be
When you search for a train (for instance:
you'll find that the first result is* 15:01 → 16:24.*
If you click on "Earlier" afterwards, the link goes to:
Thus taking the first departure time and setting the direction to "arrive".

This results in a list of results, the last one is: *13:10 → 14:51*.
Thereby it's missing 3 trains departing between 13:10 and 15:01.

The solution to this is fairly simple: instead of using the first departure
time, the "Earlier" button should use the first arrival time. Then the link
would result in:
The returned page will then give you 6 responses of which the last one is
the same train as the first one of the original page (*15:01 → 16:24*).

Kind regards

Wouter Vandenneucker
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