KML and GeoRSS Support Added to the Google Maps API
The Google Maps API blog had what I think was a big announcement this past Wednesday. The Google Maps API will now support both KML and GeoRSS.
This problem, fortunately, has been completely addressed. Now adding KML data to your Google Maps mashup is as easy as:
That’s a huge usability improvement. It also lets you drop KML from other web sites directly in to your mashup - all you need is the URL. They also recognized the emergence of GeoRSS as another open GIS XML standard, and added the ability to add GeoRSS feeds to your mashup as well.var gx = new GGeoXml("http://your.url.com/your.kml");
This is big. Big big. So big I may even click on an ad-sense add on the Google search page to kick those folks an extra nickel. Well, probably not. But I’m seriously considering letting some of those adds get by AdBlock. Well, probably not. Kudos to Google nonetheless.
Of course, this would happen right after I make a post lamenting the lack of KML support in the Google Maps API, rendering my five day old post out of data. Sigh. I’ve updated Part I of my Google Maps series to reflect the changes.