Help:Adding Media/Google Maps
Maps are a great way to present information and on the UBC Wiki, you can use the google maps tag to add annotated maps to your wiki article.
Building a Map
Google maps start with the code <googlemap> and ends with </googlemap>. You must then enter the main coordinates which are the center of your map:
- lat="the latitude of the center point of your map"
- lon="the longitude of the center point of your map"
Thus, a very basic google map of UBC would use the following code:
<googlemap lat="49.26646" lon="-123.250551"></googlemap>
Any coordinates for placemarks on your map need to go between the two basic <googlemaps> start and end tags, in the format "latitude,longitude,label". So for example, the student union building (SUB) is at the latitude of 49.267185 and the longitude of -123.250508. Thus, to create a map of the UBC Vancouver campus with the SUB labeled, you would use the following code:
<googlemap lat="49.265284" lon="-123.25407"> 49.267185, -123.250508, Student Union Building </googlemap>
You can add as many placemarks as you wish between the <googlemaps> tags. Each one should be on its own line.
You can add additional parameters to your google map, for example to change the size or type of map displayed. Here is a list of additional parameters:
- width = the width of the displayed map in pixels; the default is 740.
- height = the height of the displayed map in pixels; default is 600.
- zoom = the zoom level of the map; 0 is the furthest away, 21 is the closest in
- type = the type of map displayed. Values are either "map", "hybrid", or "satellite"; default is "hybrid"
- controls = the type of controls displayed on the map. The values are either "small", "medium", "large" or "none"; "small" creates +/- zoom buttons, "medium" has zoom buttons and pan buttons, "large" has pan buttons with a sliding scale for zoom, and "none" has no buttons.
- selector = shows the map/hybrid/satellite selector. Values are yes (default) and no.
Often, the easiest way to build a google map on a wiki page is to look at the code of already built maps and modify them with your own coordinates and/or parameters. Below are a couple examples of maps along with their code. You can also look at the maps in the UBC Maps Category.
|Here is a simple map of UBC with the Student Union Building labeled:
<googlemap lat="49.265284" lon="-123.25407">
|<googlemap lat="49.265284" lon="-123.25407">
49.267185, -123.250508, Student Union Building </googlemap>
|Here is a complex map with a variety of coffee shops labeled. Additionally, the size, type, zoom, and controls
have all been modified using parameters:
<googlemap version="0.9" lat="49.265284" lon="-123.25407" zoom="15" height="600" width="600" controls="large" type="map">
49.265981,-123.246431, The Boulevard Coffee Roasting Co. 5970 Univeristy Boulevard 49.266568, -123.243764, Blenz Coffee 5784 University Boulevard 49.265766, -123.242651, Starbucks Coffee Co 5761 Dalhousie Road 49.261393, -123.246754, Starbucks Coffee Co 6190 Agronomy Road 49.260258, -123.248888, Tim Hortons - Vancouver 2424 Main Mall </googlemap>
Finding the Latitude and Longitude
The easiest way to find coordinates is using a geocoder such as http://www.infosports.com/m/map.htm or http://www.gorissen.info/Pierre/maps/googleMapLocationv3.php. Other resources can be found by searching for "free geocode" on Google or another search engine.