I’ve just finished adding mapping features to the VillageRatings site. It turns out that displaying maps is relatively easy, thanks to the wonderful Google Maps API. What is tricky (in the UK at least) is computing the right longitude and latitude values for the things you want to display on the map (in this case villages). Hopefully this will change some time soon when Google starts offering a UK geocoding service. Anyway, it was more of a fight than I’d anticipated, but it’s now up and running.
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