If you visit this blog via a web browser today (versus, say, a newsfeed reader) then youmay notice a difference in the upper right-hand corner of the page: If you’re visiting with a Windows machine, you’ll see that the map has gone 3D. If you don’t have the Google Earth plugin installed yet, you will be asked to install it.
That’s the way it should be from a usability point of view. Mac users like myself hate to be reminded of features they can’t install. We’ll wait patiently for a few months until the Mac version comes out, of course, but in the meantime we’d like to pretend it doesn’t exist:-).
If you’re a developer, please do the same if you’re going to start using the plugin on your site — let it degrade gracefully for Mac users. Please don’t inflict pop-up reminders on us for a Windows plugin we can’t install.
If you want to know how to add Cristian’s gracefully degrading 3D map to your site, here’s what he has to say:
In order to enable it on your website change the map change in the embedded code from mt=s to mt=e . That means you should replace the iframe line with something like this:
<iframe scrolling=”no” style=”border:0;padding:0;margin:10px;”
&zoom=13&mt=e&w=300&h=170″ width=”300″ height=”170″>
An account on GMap-Track is free, of course. My parents love it:-)