I have a full draft of my final project. Yippee! I went with the Google Maps because I could figure out how to feed in the underlying image. Though I struggled with them (and in the end, they don’t look great), I managed to make my own icons and customized the colors. However, because the icon files are tied to the current URL, I won’t be migrating my website to a more descriptive URL anytime soon. Oh well….
Two things that I need to work on after I take care of some things for my other class (which I have sadly been ignoring):
- I am going to attempt to change the centering and the zoom on the maps at the initial load so that they are focused in on the historic underlays.
- I plan to write long descriptions of my maps and make my site as accessible as possible.
Outside any general critiques, I have one thing for which I would like your specific feedback. The historic map underlays take 15 seconds to load using my wireless DSL Internet connection (in Firefox 4). They are very large files. But, any smaller and they blur out significantly when you zoom in. I think it’s a worthwhile trade off to have them there. What do you think? If I keep them in their large form, any suggestions on cutting down load time? Or how might I warn the user that the load time is a bit long?
And thanks everyone for all the feedback this semester. It’s been a trip!
PS – Thanks Alex for the shapefile. Unfortunately, Geocommons rejected it. Grrr….