Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Belfast's Maritime History on Google Maps

Belfast Maritime from the Northern Ireland Community Archive is an interesting look at Belfast's maritime history which includes a clever implementation of the Google Maps API.

The story of Belfast's maritime history is told in one scrollable column on the page, whilst important locations discussed in the narrative are displayed in a Google Map that is held in another static column. Therefore as the user scrolls through the text the map remains in place.

When locations are mentioned in the text or shown in photographs the map updates to display the relevant location. The red markers on the map indicate the current location being discussed.

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