Mapping in detail

I found a nice little website from the UK goverment today – it’s called Empress.gov.uk and can be used to find (for now) roadworks in various parts of the country.

However, this particular mapping site goes into extraordinary detail, including showing the boundaries of each household.

mapdetail.png

What’s even more interesting again is the Javascript in the page revealing the possibility of aerial photos:

var g_bShowAerialPhoto = false;

Now that will be interesting.

(Also worth noting, for computer-y people, is that the entire system is built using VML. Unfortunately it doesn’t have the same rendering speed as Google Maps, but it’s stil pretty clever stuff)

5 thoughts on “Mapping in detail”

  1. Looks like SVG to me, actually. Annoying though it only works in IE withe the SVG plugin, not in Firefox which as of 1.5 has native SVG support. Which is very annoying.

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