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A Closer Look at Smart Markers with Yahoo! Maps


The incorporation of Ajax-based geographical mapping applications, like the popular Yahoo! Maps, into an existing website can help to increase the number of potential visitors. So, if you're a web developer who wants to boost your web site's traffic by working with this powerful Yahoo! Ajax framework, or if you simply want to expand your skills in using its main features, then this series of articles might be what you're looking for.

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By: Alejandro Gervasio
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May 06, 2008
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. · A Closer Look at Smart Markers with Yahoo! Maps
  2. · Inserting smart markers into a satellite map
  3. · Dropping smart markers in a regional Yahoo! Map
  4. · Displaying smart markers on a hybrid Yahoo! Map

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This is the last part of the series “Working with Yahoo! Maps.” Made up of six approachable tutorials, this series teaches you the most relevant topics that you need to know to get started using this useful interactive Ajax-based framework, from building basic maps, to implementing more advanced features, like working with smart markers and polygonal lines.

If you have been a patient reader and already went through all the preceding articles of the series, then you should feel very pleased, since by now you've hopefully learned the most important facets of working with Yahoo! Maps. As I said right at the beginning, in all of the previous tutorials you saw different hands-on examples that covered many aspects of using the maps in question, starting with building their three basic types (regional, hybrid and satellite), and ending with the correct use of advanced elements, like the so-called polylines and smart markers.

Overall, the experience has been instructive and also entertaining, right? Anyway, there’s a topic that requires a more detailed analysis. In this particular case, I’m talking about the smart markers that were introduced in the prior installment. As you learned on that specific occasion, smart markers can be really useful when you need to improve the visual appearance of basic markers or extend their default behavior.

Maybe the term “smart” isn’t the best adjective to categorize these elements, but I have to admit that they look very professional when included in a selected map. Not to mention their capacity for auto-expanding themselves to show extra information about a particular geographical location.

So, in this last article of the series, I’m going to show you some additional examples of using smart markers with different types of maps. In this way, I'll complete my humble review of this Yahoo! framework.

Are you ready to learn a bit more about how to use these handy markers with different types of Yahoo! Maps? Let’s get going!


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