User:CKoerner (WMF)/Maps user guide
Maps provide an additional way to discover and learn about a place or an event that is mentioned in an article or page within Wikipedia. Making these maps interactive - where users zoom, pan, and interact with points of interest embedded in the map - can further enrich the way we learn about the world.
Interactive maps simplifies the tools needed to add a map to an article and reduces the need for complex image editing or geographic information system (GIS) tools.
The following code will insert a simple interactive map (like what is seen in this section), with the ability to maximize it by either double-clicking the map or clicking the icon in the right corner. The map can be panned by dragging the map and zoomed by the mouse scroll wheel.
<mapframe text="Downtown [[wikipedia:San Francisco|San Francisco]]" width=250 height=250 zoom=13 longitude=-122.3988 latitude=37.8013 />
Editors using the visual editor can add a map to a page by selecting "Map" from the "Insert" menu.
Adding a map with the visual editor gives you options to define its size, position, and add markers, lines, and polygons.
Maps can be edited and extended beyond showing a location to include:
- Position (longitude and latitude)
- Size (width and height)
- Zoom level is a number that represents the size of the area represented within a map
- zoom level 0 (zero) displays the entire globe
- zoom level 13 could display a single village or a downtown area of a large city.
- Text description
- Points of interest
- Lines and polygons
Maps can be extended with external data and the Graph extension to add in things like:
- GeoShapes external data
Here are a couple demos of sample maps...
Where does map data come from?
How can I use these maps?
Where can I play with maps without goofing up an article?
More documentation goes here