Saturday, March 05, 2005

 

There be dragons here

Ancient maps would show the known area at some level of detail, but outside that the mapmakers would exercise their imagination - often displaying dragons and other fanciful creatures.

I note that Google Maps has changed its behaviour if you scroll outside the known universe - namely the North American continent. Previously it used to show the wide blue sea stretching ad infinitum, but now it shows an empty grey for these areas instead.

There have been a number of other visual changes:
Underlying this, the javascript engine driving the UI has been updated to maps.3.js which breaks a number of bookmarklets including my own Latitude and Longitude.

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