Easy legend generation for the Google Charts API map chart type

April 04th, 2008  |  random, web development, web mapping

In an earlier post, I wrote "I agree with Bjørn that the lack of an API-generated legend is problematic, though one could be constructed via HTML adjacent to the chart." However, it turns out that creating a legend is a bit more difficult than I initially thought. The difficulty was brought to my attention via a post to the Google Charts API Google Group that requested help in writing a PHP function to determine the hex value of interpolated colors. Since I figured this would be a common problem, I wrote a PHP 4 class that will hopefully solve it. You can see the tmMapLegend class in action below with the map produced in the earlier tutorial. Learn more about the class and download it here: http://themechanism.com/barkode/code/tmmaplegend/.

Red States and Blue States, USA

  • Jeffrey Barke is senior developer and information architect at theMechanism, a maxi-media firm in New York City and London.

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  • http://www.deutschemaps.net maps for hotels

    Unfortunately this works for the States only

  • http://themechanism.com Jeffrey Barke

    Hello, maps for hotels:

    While it's true that the United States is the only country supported via the Google Charts API, there are country maps for Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, South America and the world.

    And the legend generator works for all map types! :)