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The GoogleMaps extension allows you to insert Google maps in a Memory Alpha article. Maps can be formatted in two ways:

  1. The code can be entered using the "edit map" shown on the edit pages. This is more of a "point and click" method, and allows you search around the map for the view you want.
  2. The code can be entered directly. This is useful if you are comfortable with the wiki markup and know the coordinates of the places you want to map.

To add the code directly Edit

Google maps start with the code <googlemap> and end with </googlemap>

The main coordinates are the center of the map. For example, to center a map on Berlin, you would take the coordinates latitude 52.523777, longitude 13.411896.

So the basic code would be:

<googlemap lat="52.523777" lon="13.411896">
 
</googlemap>

Any coordinates for placemarks on this map need to go between the two basic start and end tags. So, for example, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is at latitude 52.499683, longitude 13.333907, giving the code:

<googlemap lat="52.523777" lon="13.411896">
52.499683,13.333907,Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
</googlemap>

The text after the longitude becomes the placemark label. Wiki links can be used here if you wish.

More placemarks can be added between the tags, each on its own line:

<googlemap lat="52.523777" lon="13.411896">
52.499683,13.333907,Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
52.510019,13.369893,Berlin Philharmonie
</googlemap>

The default zoom is typically too far out, so this can be adjusted within the first tag:

<googlemap lat="52.523777" lon="13.411896" zoom="12">
52.499683,13.333907,Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
52.510019,13.369893,Berlin Philharmonie
</googlemap>

where 0 is the furthest away and 17 is the closest in.

Other aspects that can be adjusted in the same way are:

  • width (in pixels; default is 740)
  • height (in pixels; default is 600)
  • type ("normal"/"map", "hybrid", or "satellite"; default is "hybrid")
  • controls ("small", "medium" or "large")
  • selector (show the map/hybrid/satellite selector; "yes" or "no", default is "yes")
  • scale (show the distance scale; "yes" or "no", default is "no")
  • units ("meters" or "miles"; default is "meters")

So the final code might be:

<googlemap lat="52.523777" lon="13.411896" zoom="12" width="500" height="400" type="map" controls="small">
52.499683,13.333907,Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
52.510019,13.369893,Berlin Philharmonie
</googlemap>

Which gives us the map:

<googlemap lat="52.523777" lon="13.411896" zoom="12" width="500" height="400" type="map" controls="small"> 52.499683,13.333907,Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church 52.510019,13.369893,Berlin Philharmonie </googlemap>

The easiest way to find coordinates is using a geocoder such as http://www.infosports.com/m/map.htm. Other resources can be found by searching for "free geocode" on Google or another search engine.

Using the editor's map Edit

If you are not comfortable with the code above, or don't know the coordinates for the places you want to map, you can use the editor's map.

The editor's map is found on the edit page, and turned on by clicking the "show map" link above the edit box.

Once visible, the map can be moved to show the correct area by using the controls on the top right, or by clicking and dragging. The slider on the right can be used to zoom in.

To add the map:

  1. Ensure that your cursor is in the edit box at the point you want the map added.
  2. Move the editor's map until you can see the area you wish to map. Choose the center point of your map by double clicking on that point.
  3. Add a placemark at the center, by clicking your chosen center point once.
  4. Click the placemark once, to show the label. This shows two links, "insert map centered here" and "add point here".
  5. Click "insert map centered here" to add the main code to the edit box.

To add placemarks:

  1. Ensure that your cursor is in the edit box between the two <googlemap> tags:
    <googlemap ... >
    |
    </googlemap>
  2. Move the editor's map until you can see the place you want to tag. Add a placemark there, by clicking the point once.
  3. Click the placemark once, to show the label. This shows two links "insert map centered here" and "add point here".
  4. Click "add point here " to add the main code to the edit box.
  5. The coordinates will be added to the edit box, and "label goes here" will be added after the coordinates. This can be changed to the text of your choice.

More placemarks can be added in the same way. Note that the placemarks will not stay on the edit map – only one pin is shown at any time. But all placemarks that you have added in this way will show when the map is saved.

Warning: Using preview closes the editor's map and displays a preview of the map you have created. This map can't be used to add points; click "show map" again to show the editor's map. Although you can move the preview map, you can't add placemarks. Again, note that the editor's map will only show one placemark at a time.

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