Google Maps & Label Readability
I'm a big fan of Justin O'Beirne's 41Latitude blog about maps, technology and usability. Justin's two posts on the Google Maps Styled Maps feature, Styled Maps Using Google Maps API Version 3 and Additional Examples of Styled Maps Using Google Maps API V3 are essential reading for anyone who wants to add a little style to their Google Maps creations.
Justin has posted a new article today on the readability of the major online map providers. The article provides some excellent analysis of the variety of techniques and visual tricks used by Google Maps to make its city labels much more readable than those of its competitors. The article is illustrated throughout with some excellent comparisons between Google Maps and its competitors, such as Bing Maps and Yahoo Maps.