I’ve just published two small changes to my interactive map project. The changes came from an email I received from a Christopher Wadey who had come across my map while researching for his own project.
Christopher’s first suggestion, or rather question to see if it was possible, was a search feature.
I hadn’t thought of adding such a feature to my map, so I’m glad that Christopher got in touch.
I used was Stefano Cudi’s Leaflet Search addon which comes with some very good examples of the addon being used. Unfortunately none of those examples matched how I had implemented my map so the search feature was mostly implemented by my partner Tom.
The search feature allows you to type the first few letters of a location, click on the generated list matching that search, and be taken to the planet’s location on the map. The feature also highlights that location with a red circle.
Another minor change that came from a suggestion of Christopher’s was the compass in the top-right of the map.
He had pointed out that my map was not aligned to the “Galactic North” referred to in the 40k universe which is more north-west facing on my map. To realign my map to the Galactic North would be a lot of work (changing 5000+ coordinates, reshaping and moving areas, regenerating all those map tiles…) so I opted for a compromise and added a compass.
With the map becoming more noticed of late, I was feeling a little bad about the accuracy of the locations. Some of the features were placed randomly on the map because I only had a planet name and no location data.
Because of this, I’ve added a notes section to the planet tooltips. The notes contain the main source of the location information, and how confident I am about that features placement. The source also shows in the attribution listing on the bottom-right of the map.
The confidence levels are as follows:
- High confidence – I am happy with the placement of this location.
- Medium confidence – I am happy the region is placed correctly, but the locations within it might not be in the correct place. This also applies to any locations that I have used third-party generated maps to place.
- Low confidence – I am not happy with the placement at all, but the name of the region should be correct.
- Zero confidence – I am not happy with the placement at all and have randomly placed this location on the map given no other information.
I also updated the sidebar with a new tab that explains a bit more about the project and links back to this blog – specifically the entries about the map project.
I’ve also added more details about the new features and how they work.
I’m still working on the timeline. I currently have a working prototype but I’m not ready to show it yet.
The working version can be seen in the main directory.