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Monday, February 13, 2006

Show and Hide Locations With Ease!

I just released a little feature that I think will have a big impact. Basically it allows you to show and hide categories of locations directly from the legend. So you can easily filter a large map down to the one or two categories you are interested in.

It works on the small blog version of maps as well! Just click the "Legend" button in the top right corner and then click a category. Check it out on the great map of Pioneer Square Lunch Spots up in Seattle!




Play around with it a bit, it makes the maps so much more interactive!

6 Comments:

  • Nice feature. Can you add parameters to the url so we can link to a map that shows only one category right from the start?

    By Anonymous downtownelgin, at 9:27 AM  

  • That's a great idea. I'll try to figure out how to do this in an efficient manner.

    By Anonymous Jared, at 1:21 PM  

  • this is really nice.

    By Anonymous Marshall Kirkpatrick, at 12:51 PM  

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    By Blogger Imran Anwar, at 7:28 PM  

  • Jared, I had a quick question on "sub-categories". Unless I am missing something, can a MAIN category be mentioned as a subcategory for another one?

    Let me explain. I love boating and flying, and just added a picture I took while overflying Port Jefferson, NY.

    I tagged it with the appropriate category of FLYING that I have in my Legend. BUT, I also have BOATING as a categroy for my boating interests. This particular picture is an aerial shot but it shows some great boating info that people who come to my "page" will miss if they only display the Boating category pins as this photo is only showing up under "Flying".

    Regards

    Imran
    http://communitywalk.com/map/4075

    By Blogger Imran Anwar, at 7:31 PM  

  • Imran,

    Unfortunately you can not have a main category act as a subcategory for another category. We've played around with structures like this internally, including tagging, and found that it complicated things too much.

    The biggest problem is the fact that the categories are attached to the color of the marker. If you were to make it so that your marker showed up under the boating category but was the color of the flying category it would confuse people and probably make them think there was a bug rather than assuming that the marker was categorized in some way as both boating and flying.

    In the end we decided it was best to keep it simple.

    I am not 100% confident about this decision, but I can't prioritize an enhancement that offers complexity like this and where I am not 100% confident of the benefit.

    I'd love to hear your thoughts if you disagree with this decision.

    By Anonymous Jared, at 7:36 PM  

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