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Google maps

If you want to visualize coordinates, addresses, etc... it is easy to use Google maps.

There are 2 ways to implement Google Maps.

1 Use the Google API in your site.

You need to do 2 things to implement this in your site.

Use this code on the page you want to show the google map:

This key is good for all URLs in this directory:

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN"
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
    <meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8"/>
    <title>Google Maps JavaScript API Example</title>
    <script src="http://maps.google.com/maps?file=api&amp;v=2&amp;key=ABQIAAAAoVpHiXx5oCNbL2RPHM9crRSqaiXgH3

    <script type="text/javascript">
    function load() {
      if (GBrowserIsCompatible()) {
        var map = new GMap2(document.getElementById("map"));
        map.setCenter(new GLatLng(37.4419, -122.1419), 13);
  <body onload="load()" onunload="GUnload()">
    <div id="map" style="width: 500px; height: 300px"></div>

Check out the API documentation for more information.

* Request a key at: http://www.google.com/apis/maps/signup.html. For testing you can fill in the localhost and use that key, don't forget to change this once in production.


2 Show the map in a pop-up or Iframe using url reference.

You can link the page to this url: http://maps.google.com/maps?spn=0.030372,0.068665&z=6&t=h&vp=53.859462,-3.038235 and use following query string parameters after the link:

q= Query - anything passed in the q parameter is treated as if it had been typed into the query box on the maps.google.com page. In particular:
a precise address is looked up and a marker and info box is displayed at the specified point
a town name, or the first half of a postcode causes the region to be displayed with to marker or info box
an exact location can be specified as latitude,longitude, in decimal form (52.123N,2.456W or 52.123,-2.456) or as degrees, minutes and seconds (52 7 22.8N,2 27 21.6W or 52 7 22.8,-2 27 21.6) or as degrees and minutes (52 7.38N,2 27.36W or 52 7.38,-2 27.36).
any text added in parentheses () is displayed in the info window and sidebar in bold, there appears to be no way to cause a line break, but you can use %A0 as a "no break space" to prevent line breaks happening where you don't want them.
the words "to" and "from" cause the driving directions function to be activated.
the word "near" or "loc:" causes the local search function to be activated
space-ampersand-space (use +%26+ or %20%26%20 in URLs, not +&+ or +&amp;+ otherwise the ampersand gets treated as a separator) can be used between the names of two streets to specify an intersection.
A location can also be specified after an at sign, in decimal form (@52.123,-2.456). This gives a lower zoom level than using the same values without the at sign. Using this format interferes with other options of the query parameter. The @ sign instead of "near" or "loc:" tends to cause only a single business result to be displayed, compare (Church near Hallows Road Blackpool, Lancashire) which returns over 1000 results to (Church @ Hallows Road Blackpool, Lancashire) which returns one result.
The full URL of a Google Earth .KML/.KMZ file or a RSS feed that includes GeoRSS data, can be used, and the contained information will be displayed on the map.
ll= Latitude,longitude of map centre - Note the order. Only decimal format is accepted.
If this is used without a query, then the map is centred at the point but no marker or info window is displayed
sll= Latitude,longitude of the point from which the business search should be performed. You could use this to perform an off-centre busness search. Google use it so "link to this page" can record a map that has had the centre moved after performing a business search.
spn= Approximate lat/long span. The zoom level will be adjusted to fit if there's no &z parameter.
sspn= ?? lat/long of... what?
hl= Host language - only a few languages are supported, e.g. &hl=fr for French.
t= Map Type. The available options are "m" map, "k" satellite, "h" hybrid
saddr= Source address. Use this when asking for driving directions
any text added in brackets is displayed in the sidebar in bold
daddr= Destination address(es). Use this when asking for driving directions
any text added in brackets is displayed in the sidebar in bold
"+to:" clauses can be appended to the destination to request multiple destination routing, like this "&dadr=Blackpool+to:Manchester+to:Leeds"
text in brackets can also be added to the "+to:" clauses.
mrad= Additional destination address.
If you've got three points in your trip you can use &saddr, &daddr and &mrad instead of "+to:" clauses.
start= Skips the first (start-1) matches
num= Display, at most, this number of matches. The valid range is 0 to 10 (but 0 is a bit pointless).
near= Can be used as the location part of a query instead of putting the whole thing into &q.
f= Controls the style of query form to be displayed. &f=d displays the "directions" form (two input boxes: from, to), &f=l displays the "local" form (two input boxes: what, where). Otherwise the default search form is displayed (single input).
output=html Uses the old style Google Local page format from before it merged with Google Maps, with the small map and large sidebar.
output=js Outputs JavaScript object literals and function calls used by Google Maps, including encoded polyline data for driving directions, and stage information in HTML format.
output=kml Outputs a KML file containing full Placemark information representing the current map.
output=nl Outputs a small KML file containing a NetworkLink wrapper linking to a URL from which Google Earth and Google Maps can obtain the Placemark information.
latlng= This is a weird one. It takes three numbers separated by commas. The first two numbers (presumably representing latitude and longitude multiplied by 1000000) are ignored. The third number seems to be a Google internal "Company ID" number for a particular business. E.g. &latlng=0,0,14944637421527611642 represents Blackpool Community Church. Specifying this parameter performs a Google Search for pages that reference that business, and displays a tiny map. Other parameters, in particular &q, must have valid contents (but need not relate to the target business) for this to work.
cid= Similar to latlng, but generating a different map size. It takes three numbers separated by commas. The first two numbers (presumably representing latitude and longitude multiplied by 1000000) are ignored. The third number seems to be a Google internal "Company ID" number for a particular business. E.g. &cid=0,0,14944637421527611642 represents Blackpool Community Church. Specifying this parameter displays a large map of the identified company location. Other parameters, in particular &q, must have valid contents (but need not relate to the target business) for this to work.
vp= The presence of this parameter causes maps.google.com to switch into Copyright Service mode. Instead of returning the html that draws a map, it returns information about the copyright ownership in Javascript format. The &vp parameter specifies the viewpoint (i.e. the centre of the map). Copyright Service only works when the &spn and &z parameters are also supplied, indicating the span and the zoom. Optional parameters are &t, which specifies the map type, and &key which specifies the API key of the site performing the request. E.g. http://maps.google.com/maps?spn=0.030372,0.068665&z=6&t=h&vp=53.859462,-3.038235
om= The presence of this parameter with a value other than 1 causes the overview map to be closed. If the parameter is omitted, or present with the value 1, then the overview map is open.
ie= Can be used to specify the character set. e.g. &ie=UTF8.
pw= Activates print mode and initiates printing. There seems to be a problem at the moment with &pw=1, but using settings like &pw=2 is OK.
z= Sets the zoom level.
iwloc= Specifies where the infowindow will be displayed. In a business search &iwloc=A to &iwloc=J will open the info window over the corresponding business marker, and &iwloc=near will place it over the big green arrow if that's currently displayed. &iwloc=addr can be used on map search to explicitly request the info window to be open on the address, but that's the default anyway. Directions search supports &iwloc=start, &iwloc=end and &iwloc=pause1 etc.
layer=t Activates the traffic overlay
msa=b Activates the "My Maps" sidebar when used in conjunction with "maps.google.com/ms". It does nothing without the "/ms" and "/ms" does nothing without the "&msa=b".
msa=0 Involved in My Maps processing. Possibly specifies the My Maps server number.
msid= Specifies a My Maps identifier. When used in conjunction with "maps.google.com/ms" and &msa=0, the corresponding My Map is displayed.
mrt=kmlkmz Skips the normal search and goes directly to User-Created Content. Only works if the query contains a location and something to search for. E.g. q=hotel&near=london&mrt=kmlkmz or q=hotel+in+london&mrt=kmlkmz.
view= Can be used to select text view (view=text) or the normal map view (view=map)
dirflg=h Switches on "Avoid Highways" route finding mode.
Retrieved from "http://mapki.com/wiki/Google_Map_Parameters"

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