Google Maps Reads Google Earth Files...

Jun 19, 2006
Commentary by Stephen Downes

As much as I have loved Google Earth, I have always felt limited by the fact that it is a desktop application, which meant that the nifty KML files it uses could not be used on the web. Now at least this capacity exists in Google Maps. Sort of. I tested the system using the instructions posted on the Google website. I first had to set the server's mime types - if your KML files are failing, this is probably why (see the very bottom of the instructions). Then, some of my KML files worked, like this [source]. But others worked only partially [source] and some not at all [source]. No real reason why. Still - this is the sort of thing that can add a lot of depth to, say, my photo pages. When it works.
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