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Icon design for interactive map(plus a sneak peak at my project)

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So I'm developing a google based interactive map. You can check out my alpha version at http://catch.webhop.org/map/map

This map plots ECD resources. The map displays buildings which in turn host programs. Here is my question/problem. I need to represent the type of programs contained within buildings, but some buildings have programs that fall into different categories, and some programs fall into more than one category. Right now I have it set that if the building has more than one category associated with it that it gets designated as "multi-service agency". But this obscures all sorts of useful information...

Any idea on what sort of icons I could create or methodology to follow to represent the data??





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You can bring the multiservice agency information to light by adding it to your tooltips. You can use some <br /> tags in your tooltips to list the services one after the other.

Take a look at http://crwn.lcra.org. If you mouse over a water quality location in the tooltip you will see a site ID, description and whether the site is active or inactive. You can probably do something similiar.

You may also want to check out the Google Maps API discussion group:



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That's a great map! Very creative, useful and well designed.

BTW - I think the tooltip idea is the right direction to head.

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