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Lat-Lon Grid

The built-in grid control draws lines of constant latitude and longitude over the map. The grid reveals that the spherical mercator projection is cylindrical: longitudes are uniformly spaced. Zoom out to see the exaggeration of latitudes near the poles caused by the log-tan transform.

The lines are subdivided as you zoom in to maintain constant apparent density—useful for debugging tiles! A future enhancement of this control might display proper major and minor ticks, as well as labels to show the visible latitudes and longitudes.

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Source Code

var po = org.polymaps;

var map = po.map()

    + "/1a1b06b230af4efdbb989ea99e9841af" // http://cloudmade.com/register
    + "/998/256/{Z}/{X}/{Y}.png")
    .hosts(["a.", "b.", "c.", ""])));


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