Using SVG to Create Interactive Maps on the Apple iPhone (James Fee)

[Editor's note: Republished from James Fee's GIS Blog on Sept. 18th 2008. Hopefully Apple and Adobe will figure out their differences.]

So you can’t have Silverlight, Java or Flash to develop interactive mapping on the iPhone and have to “resort” to using JavaScript. Well maybe not, could SVG be the way forward to creating mapping websites on the iPhone?  My 2G iPhone seems to support SVG fairly well, but many SVG sites aren’t optimized for the iPhone.  Take ESRI’s abandoned (?) SVG Viewer:

ESRIs ArcWeb SVG Viewer

ESRI’s ArcWeb SVG Viewer

It loads and you can turn on and off the “widgets” with ease.  But navigating it was impossible.  I know zero about developing with SVG so I suppose someone else will have to comment on if it is possible to create iPhone compatible navigation for SVG apps.  Heck if ESRI were to make a ArcGIS Server SVG API compatible for the iPhone, every ArcGIS Server implementation would be viewable on the iPhone.

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One Response to “Using SVG to Create Interactive Maps on the Apple iPhone (James Fee)”

  1. stelt says:

    Did you ask ESRI?

    Iphone’s Safari is based on WebKit.
    WebKit does SVG quite well nowadays.
    Iphone’s Safari however is based on quite an old version.
    So a Safari update would mean significant improvement for the SVG support.