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Chapter 1

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Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Sketch of the initial ARPANet
The Domain Name Serving system
Basic web publishing
Screendump of a clickable map
Plugin set-up
Set-up using Java applet
Server-side CGI set-up
ESRI's ArcView Internet Map Server set-up
The World Wide Web is a relatively new means of publishing maps and although nowadays millions of people use it every day, not many of those users know how it actually works. Many of them, quite sensibly, do not really care. But for the those interested in publishing information on the Web, some basic knowledge about the technical background of the Web can be helpful in understanding the different mapping possibilities available.
In this chapter, a short overview is given of how the World Wide Web sprouted from the Internet and of the file formats and communication protocols that are its building blocks. It will become clear how the basic set-up allows the publication only of static maps with very limited interactivity and how the possibilities can be broadened by adding server-side applications or client-side plugins and applications such as Java applets or scripts. ESRI's ArcView Internet Map Server will be used as an example of how all these techniques can be combined to offer mapping and GIS functionality on the Web.

Last updated March 26, 2002