The Web is increasingly becoming more "local" focused and savvy
designers and developers are working night and day to find creative and
innovative ways to present information to users in this context. Here are three
simple to deploy but excellent jQuery Plugins for those interested in
integrating Google Maps into their Web pages.
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Brian Laundau's jMapping:
A plugin designed to implement a Google map from a list of locations specified
within HTML. Several examples are available which show basic usage, custom ID
and class names, and using an object or function for category options. This
would be an excellent plugin for those that need to show a list of locations in
close proximity for the convenience of a webpage.
gMap by Cedric Kastner: A
lightweight (2kb) and immensely elegant jQuery plugin for embedding Google maps.
Opt to display a simple map with controls and one marker , change the map type
to a physical view or tap into the extended usage features and map without
controls, include custom market images, include multiple marketers and create
custom viewport position and zoom.
Mckee's jQuery.fuGMAP: Another very lightweight (3.5kb) plugin for
displaying Google maps on a site or in applications. Geo-coding is built it, but
you can load in a market XML file by just adding the URL. One of the best
features is the ability to add an information window with text or with an iframe
to any longitude/latitude marker.