Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Webmasters: Easily Embed Directions on Your Site

Back in December, Julie posted on the Google LatLong blog about a new directions gadget that webmasters can embed on their websites to make it super easy for people to find them. Check out that post for information on embedding and the diverse ways the gadget can be used (with coordinates, addresses, zip codes, and more).

The gadget uses the Google Maps API and jQuery, and does nifty things like display a "Did you mean..." when they've entered an ambiguous address and then animates the selected address flying into the form. For those of you developers who like the functionality but want the it more integrated more into your site, the good news is that you can easily copy, paste, and modify the code from the gadget XML spec.