Sunday, September 25, 2011

GIS Cloud Adopts HTML5

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With every modern web browser supporting HTML5, its adoption in online mapping is on the rise. GIS Cloud who started off with flash based map rendering, have switched to HTML5 as their default map engine earlier this week.

GIS Cloud regards HTML5 as ideal for map rendering:
HTML5 is great for mapping not only because it can render maps very quickly, but also because it is a standard. It works on the desktop, on the web, on smartphones and on tablets which means your GIS can work on those devices as well! No need to build native apps for each of those platforms, with HTML5 you get high performance right from the browser.
The GIS Cloud canvas map engine is built on Leaflet, a modern, lightweight BSD-licensed JavaScript library for making tile-based interactive maps for both desktop and mobile web browsers, developed by CloudMade.

With HTML5 adoption, rendering large vectors with millions of features takes minimum time. In addition to being real-time, it provides interactiveness as well. GIS Cloud foresees the scope for HTML5 to bring in more cloud GIS adoptions and hope for entire world's GIS to move onto cloud.

For users with unsupported browsers GIS Cloud makes automatic transition to the earlier flash based viewer. Users who checked the demo maps on GIS Cloud page have reported fastest experience with Chromium on Linux.
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