Opened 15 years ago

Closed 13 years ago

#44 closed task (invalid)

wiki needs a detailed comparison of other map sites (line weights, zoom levels, etc)

Reported by: Tom Owned by: steve@…
Priority: minor Milestone: OSM 1.0
Component: website Version:
Keywords: design colours html css graphics web Cc:


"Best Practice" Online Cartography *spit!*

We could do with looking at Multimap/Streetmap/GoogleMaps/Yahoo? Maps/Virtual? Earth/Mapquest? etc and documenting the following things:

  • Regions covered (i.e. I only know of US/UK-centric sites - how does Japan do it? Russia? Eastern Europe? Scandanavia? Western Europe? Canada? India? etc. (sorry if I missed you))
  • Number of zoom levels (if fixed), zoom range (if dynamic)
  • Scale at each zoom level
  • Road line thicknesses in pixels at each zoom level
  • HTML colour values for water, parks, roads, main roads, motorways, etc.
  • Font style for place names, road names, places of interest etc.
  • Satellite/Aerial? available, at what scales, in what areas
  • Directions available? Multiple waypoints allowed?
  • Does it have an API?
  • Does postcode lookup work?
  • Do its streets line up with its aerial views?
  • Is it free? Does it have ads?
  • How big is the map?
  • Does printing work?
  • Are there permalinks? If so what is its URL scheme for permalinks?
  • Can I send a friend a link to a map?
  • Does "right click/save as" work on the images? Is there another way to download an image? Other formats?
  • Does it use Flash/DHTML/Java/other?
  • If it can zoom in an AJAX-y, no page reloads way, does it scale the images until it has higher-res ones?
  • What browser/OS did you test on?

etc. etc. I'm sure you can think of more.

Divide and conquer people!

Change History (2)

comment:2 Changed 13 years ago by sebastian@…

Resolution: invalid
Status: newclosed

This seems like a catch-it-all bug. Sorry, saying we must become better, is a little vague for trac tickets. i Suggest you collect ideas on the wiki and convert specific items into tickets. thanks.

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