are probably the most well known cartographic products. Today one can
distinguish among references atlases, school atlases, topographic atlases,
national atlases and thematic atlases. Each type has its own structure
designed to reach the atlas objectives. The first electronic atlases
were just copies of paper editions, and are known as view-only atlases.
Later options offered by the digital (WWW) environment include interaction
and dynamics. This introduced interactive and analytical atlases. These
atlases allow the user to decide on the map detail viewed and often
also on its representation. It often includes an interactive relation
between the map and other media via hyperlinks. Multimedia elements
such as text, images and animations can be linked to the map. This environment
is familiar to users of the WWW.