AJAX-Based Mapping: Telcontar Boosts Browser-Based Mapping Apps
Unique Open Framework Unveiled
By: RIA News Desk
May. 12, 2006 05:15 PM
"There is an increasing trend to enhance user experience utilizing fluid or 'draggable' maps in AJAX and browser-based applications," said J. Kim Fennell, president and CEO of Telcontar, a leading supplier of software and services for the Location-Based Services (LBS) industry, as he announced this week the availability of a comprehensive API allowing developers to more easily develop and implement innovative mapping solutions.
Developers tasked with building AJAX mapping applications, Fennell explained, are faced with many daunting challenges, which he summarized as follows:
This just-in-time tile rendering also provides support for multiple map "styles" which can be changed on the fly instantly producing a very different look and feel of the map. An AJAX application can present the user with a choice of styles which can range from functional (selecting a map style with high contrast and low feature density to facilitate printing) to highly stylized (matching a unique and colorful corporate identity) to humorous (making the map look like an "ancient" map of Middle Earth). Telcontar's DDS offers almost limitless customizability of map color scheme, label placement, feature density at different zoom levels, etc. allowing any organization to customize a look that supports its brand.
In addition, Telcontar's API boasts an advanced freeform address parser that is tolerant of typographical errors with regard to punctuation and style of address. Users now expect to enter an address in a single line without tabbing over separate "street", "city" and "postal code" fields. The DDS Web Services geocoder excels at handling a variety of input formats and provides robust handling of typical user errors such as streets without a street address and wrong postal codes. The geocoder also handles multiple 'locales', meaning that each address can include not only a country code but also a language code. It currently supports nine North American and European countries in five languages; other locales are continually being added.
Qualified developers can download documentation, full-featured sample code and a technical white paper by signing up to the Telcontar Developer Zone at http://developer.telcontar.com/.
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