Civil War Washington Map
A video depicting the functionality of the map on Civil War Washington (http://civilwardc.org)
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- [99:59:59.999]This map possesses six different customizable components that allow users to interact with it in the way that makes most sense for their personal interests. The navigation bar along the upper left-hand side, as well as the scroll button on the mouse, allows users to zoom in or out on the map. The mouse can also be used to click and drag the map around to see the locations of interest.
- [99:59:59.999]The menu bar along the top of the map has 8 options: Search or Identify, Legend, Time Slider, Bookmarks, Draw and Measure, Print, Select and Download GIS Data, and Address Locator. If any of these buttons is clicked, a small window will appear over the map with the corresponding field. These windows can be dragged around to the users desired locations, and can be minimized or closed out as desired.
- [99:59:59.999]The first icon in the menu bar is the Search or Identify option. Users can search for features in one of two ways. The first way is by drawing a shape around a particular area on the map. The second option is by typing in a keyword. Both of these search options can be limited by feature layer. The search window appears when the map tab is first opened.
- [99:59:59.999]The second icon is the Legend. Every feature on the map is marked with a small, original colored icon. The legend lists what type of feature is marked by each icon. For example, every theatre on the map is marked with the theatre faces icon. Hovering or clicking on the icons on the map will bring up a dialogue box about what the feature is with its corresponding Civil War Washington URL link. The legend also appears when the map tab is first opened.
- [99:59:59.999]The third icon is the Time Slider option. Users can either drag the slide bar, fast forward, or hit the play option to see the map change throughout the duration of the Civil War. The time frame runs from March 1860 to July 1867.
- [99:59:59.999]The fourth icon is the Bookmark option. There are three previously existing bookmarks: the White House, Capitol Building, and Navy Yard. Users also have the option of creating their own bookmarks. This is typically done by zooming in on a particular location, naming the location, and placing the bookmark.
- [99:59:59.999]The fifth icon is the Draw and Measure option. This allows users to draw various shapes anywhere on the map. These shapes can be customized by fill color, fill style, fill weight (which pertains to fill styles other than solid), outline color, outline width, and the option to show the shapes measurements after it has been drawn, with the ability for the measurement unit to be changed. These customizations work prior to the shape being drawn. A previously drawn shape cannot be edited except for size and positioning.
- [99:59:59.999]The sixth icon is the Print feature. Users can print a certain portion of the map in any format they choose. The map is printed on a third of the size of a traditional sheet of paper, with the option for a title and subtitle, and the Civil War Washington copyright mark.
- [99:59:59.999]The seventh icon is the option to Select and Download GIS data. This feature is no longer functional.
- [99:59:59.999]The final option in the menu bar is the Address Locator. Though users cannot search by individual addresses, they can search by entering latitude and longitude coordinates. The default coordinates direct users to the White House.
- [99:59:59.999]The last two features on the map are the inset map and the basemap switcher. The inset map option is located in the bottom right corner of the internet browser. A small red box shows the user's current positioning of the larger map. This red box can be dragged around to view different portions of the map. The inset map also adjusts when the larger map is zoomed in or out per the user's manipulation.
- [99:59:59.999]The basemap switcher is located in the upper right-hand side of the map. It has six options: Boschke dark, Boschke light, Current, Satellite, 1857, and Barnard. These options alter how the map appears visually. The map can be altered by either clicking on each of the name tabs, or dragging the scroll bar that appears below the name tabs. There is also an option directly to the left of the basemap switcher called More. Clicking on this button allows users to select which individual features they are interested in looking at. The checkmarks next to the feature names imply that the feature is currently being viewed. Removing the checkmarks means that the feature will no longer be displayed.
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