Current Trends in Vector-Based Internet Mapping: A Technical Review

  • Christophe LienertEmail author
  • Bernhard Jenny
  • Olaf Schnabel
  • Lorenz Hurni
Part of the Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography book series (LNGC)


Possibilities and limitations of Internet cartography software largely depend on the pace set by the software industry. The variety of commercial and non-commercial software caters for the needs of a continuously growing mapping community, including both professional and amateur cartographers. This chapter provides an overview of state-of-the-art technologies for vector-based Web-mapping as of the beginning of 2011. Both proprietary and open format technologies are discussed for vector data rendering in browsers, highlighting their advantages and disadvantages. The discussed technologies are Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight, Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), JavaFX, Canvas, and WebGL. The chapter also discusses client and server side frameworks which provide Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for creating custom interactive maps, mainly by overlaying raster images with vector data.


Application Programming Interface Authoring Tool Scalable Vector Graphic Geography Markup Language Document Object Model 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christophe Lienert
    • 1
    Email author
  • Bernhard Jenny
    • 2
  • Olaf Schnabel
    • 3
  • Lorenz Hurni
    • 4
  1. 1.Landscape and Waters, Canton of AargauAarauSwitzerland
  2. 2.Department of GeosciencesOregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA
  3. 3.Department for City PlanningZurichSwitzerland
  4. 4.Institute of CartographyETH ZurichZurichSwitzerland

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