Usage Hints for site locator maps (MapQuest)

These usage hints apply to locator maps reached by clicking a MapQuest link on a site data page on this Website.

If the link in which you are interested uses the large MapQuest logo:   [ MapQuest map ]
then there's bad news for you.  In mid-2010, MapQuest abandoned support for that link format, which we had used for years.  It's not exactly broken, but it won't do what we intended when we constructed it.  Instead, it will redirect you to the MapQuest maps home page, ignoring the parameters we supplied.  So the hints below are now irrelevant for that map.

If the link in which you are interested uses the small MQ logo:   [ MapQuest map ]
then it was recently installed using MapQuest's new link format, and it should work just fine.  But we haven't gotten around to reviewing these usage hints to make sure that they are accurate with respect to the "new" MapQuest.  So please read them with caution!

Our customization:  In addition to setting the latitude and longitude of the place being located (as best we can), we have pre-set the zoom level of the map to give you a large area view of the surroundings.  You can change that to meet your needs - see below.  Also, we have set the map type to "hybrid" - aerial photography overlaid with map symbology for streets, etc.  Aside from those characteristics, everything you see on the map is as MapQuest designed it.

Need help?  Want advice?  Pick a question . . .

Just curious?  Read all the answers in order . . .


What's "MapQuest" ?

MapQuest is an online dynamic mapping service which is provided at no cost to the Guild by MapQuest, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of America Online, Inc.  It offers several different services for location-based information for several parts of the world.

Why are these usage hints important?

The online help which is provided by the MapQuest service is aimed at the general user and explains all aspects of that service.  This page which you are now reading explains how we use that service.  It also emphasizes what controls are especially useful in this context, and warns about what you should not do while viewing a locator map which we have customized.  In a few instances, it expands on the MapQuest help.

How can I get a different view of the site surroundings?

MapQuest has only a few options to customize the map to meet your particular needs.

What other map controls are available?

Just below the large red MapQuest log in the upper left corner of the window is a "Settings" link.  Click it to go to a Settings window where you can customize MapQuest's behavior in several ways.  The one that is important to us is at the bottom of the "Maps & Directions" tab; it's labelled "Map Size", and it offers two alternatives: "Expandable" and "Standard Size".  We recommend "Expandable" if you have a reasonably fast connection to the Internet, because this option will automatically re-size the map for the best fit to the window size you have chosen.  With this option activated, you can re-size the map simply by re-sizing the window in which it appears.

The location marker (icon) on the map is in the wrong place; how can I help fix it for future visitors?

If you really do know more than we do about where the marker should be, please help:

I tinkered with the map controls too much, and now I'm lost. How do I get back to the original version?

Use the "Back" feature of your Web browser to back up one screen at a time.  (This may be a menu selection or a toolbar button.)  Or use its "History" feature to jump directly to the site data page or the initial map.  The second alternative is quicker, but then you might be unable to use "Back" to work your way further up your history tree, depending on how your browser handles its history function.

Why isn't the map embedded directly in the site data page?

Unlike the former MapBlast service, MapQuest does not offer such an option.


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