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A Review of Online Mapping Sites: Yahoo! Maps

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This is part 8 of a 9 part series reviewing online mapping sites. Click here for the introduction to the series.

Presumably Yahoo! Maps is the market leader in the online mapping business (at least as of this past summer). The search page is standard and searches are saved if you have logged into a Yahoo! account (free). Only Canada and the United States were available to search from (although other Yahoo! sites probably map other countries).

The initial map is of adequate size and shows roads, railroads, parks, water bodies, and commercial and industrial areas in various pastels. There are labels for features of interest including parks, health centres, cemeteries, and golf courses. One way streets are not indicated. The map style is consistent through all scales.

Directions from point A to B are one click away. The suggested route was the same as the test route but listed its length as slightly longer (42.2 km versus 41.3). Yahoo! Maps provided the slowest time of all the online map services with 56 minutes (compared to the actual of 32).

In short: Yahoo! Maps is simple to use. Though it lacks some of the functionality of the other online mapping sites, it adequately does what it is intended to do.

Tomorrow: Summary

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