Interacting with Content

Visited Marker
Interacting with Content

Visited Marker

What Problem Does This Solve? Help users to avoid revisiting the same popup repeatedly Why Use This Pattern? A pattern that has been around since the early days of HTML is to show links that have been visited preciously in a different color. This is considered a usability best practice to help users recall which […]

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Layer List
Interacting with Content

Layer List

What Problem Does This Solve? Users need to show or hide map content When to Use This Pattern The best use of the Layer List is to empower users to “opt-in” showing additional information like traffic data, parcel boundaries, or elevation models and tweak the map display until the desired amount and level of content […]

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Marker List
Interacting with Content

Marker List

What Problem Does This Solve? Users need to see more detailed content of features displayed on the map. Why Use This Pattern? Markers and lists both have their unique advantages and disadvantages. Markers are meant to show the location of an object but are limited to displaying one or two fields through color or size. […]

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Legend
Interacting with Content

Legend

What Problem Does This Solve? The meaning of symbols and the symbolic presentation of data is not clear until explained and correlated to a key. When to Use This Pattern Maps that show operational data almost always need a legend to explain the meaning of this content. This is especially true when the app is […]

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Info-Panel
Interacting with Content

Info-Panel

What Problem Does This Solve? Long or interactive content doesn’t fit into the small space of an Info-Popup or must not obstruct the map. When to Use This Pattern Use the Info-Panel when the content to be displayed is long or interactive or requires further interaction with the map that would be difficult with Info-Popups […]

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Popup
Interacting with Content

Info-Popup

What Problem Does This Solve? Info-Popup is the vehicle for delivering facts/ideas (text), numbers, charts, and images to complement the map’s cartography. It shows additional information about a location, typically invoked after clicking on a graphic or symbol on the map. When to Use This Pattern Use when more information about an object on the […]

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Call-out
Interacting with Content

Call-Out

What Problem Does This Solve? It’s hard to clearly identify the point associated with its labels, multiple labels overlap because of their length, size, or nearby position, or only some features need to be highlighted. Why Use This Pattern? GIS systems have elaborate labeling engines that can position and align labels according to their visibility […]

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Rich Marker
Interacting with Content

Rich Marker

What Problem Does This Solve? A rich marker extends a simple Marker to show a key metric, performance indicator or even additional information. When to Use This Pattern Use when the content of multiple markers is important to make a decision and needs to be seen at a glance. Typical examples are distances to an origin, […]

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Marker
Interacting with Content

Marker

What Problem Does This Solve? A symbol to show the location of an object, place or point of interest. When to Use This Pattern After a user searches for an address or location a marker is used to highlight the location. Markers can also be used to establish the relation between a location on the […]

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