Documentation Updates to the Maps API!

Sunday, September 09, 2007 at 5:17:00 PM

Some of you may have noticed that we've given the Maps API documentation a makeover. If you haven't looked at the documentation in a while, check it out now; you might learn something new! (I did.)

In addition to rewriting several sections and adding new content, we've also tried to make it easier to read, navigate, and find the information you're looking for. Some of this reorganization has come at a price. Originally, when the Maps API was small, we tried our best to give you all the information in one page. However, as the Google Maps API has grown, we've been forced to admit that structure helps.

The original "Concepts and Examples" file has been split up into 6 sections:

Examples are also now listed in one file for easy reference.

Some of the new information discusses a common question: how we organize and serve map tiles for the API. We hope this encourages more development of your own custom map types.

We've also added tab navigation to the top of each page to ease navigation between different concepts. We hope you find the redesign easier to follow. In the coming months, I'll be working with Pamela Fox to add more in-depth tutorials, tips and tricks, and conceptual information. If you have requests for specific documentation, let us know on the Google Maps API Developer Forum. (Use a subject line of Documentation Request: so we don't miss it ... :)