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I'd like to introduce myself.  My name is Peter Rushforth, and I work for Natural Resources Canada, in the Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation.  I have been active in GIS for many years, but mostly on the data and API side of things.


I am very interested in standards.  It seems to me that there is no more ubiquitous standard for information today than HTML.  Since HTML5 introduced the <video> and <audio> elements, I thought: "Why not <map>? Maps are a fundamental media type on the Web!" (I said to myself :) ).  


To that end, I initiated a W3C Community Group called Maps For HTML:  http://maps4html.org, the ultimate goal of which is to design a <map> element which could be used by HTML authors to create a map in their web page with no script required, but which would support progressive enhancement via script.  Also, I think it would be great if map styles could be easily accomplished with CSS, another standard, as ubiquitous as HTML itself.


Currently, I see the HTML element having a syntax something like the following:

<map is="mapml-map" zoom="17" lat="45.398043" lon="-75.70683" projection="OSMTILE">
        <layer label="Open Street Map" src="http://geogratis.gc.ca/mapml/osm/" checked>
        <layer label="Canada Base Map" src="http://geogratis.gc.ca/mapml/cbmt/">
        <layer label="CanVec+ 031G" src="http://geogratis.gc.ca/mapml/canvec/50k/features/" class="transparency" checked>

This would allow an HTML author to simply include a functional web map in their page.  As a side benefit, it would geocode the page/part of the page.


What do you think? 


If you like the idea, please consider joining us in the Maps For HTML Community Group http://maps4html.org.  We're on Github, too: https://github.com/Maps4HTML



Peter Rushforth


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Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation / Earth Sciences Sector

Natural Resources Canada / Government of Canada

peter.rushforth at canada dot ca / Tel: 613-759-7915


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Centre canadien de cartographie et d’observation de la Terre / Secteur des sciences de la Terre

Ressources naturelles Canada / Gouvernement du Canada

peter.rushforth at canada dot ca / Tél: 613-759-7915






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Sounds very interesting, would love to follow the development!

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