(Reprinted from Google’s Lat-Long Blog, view here)
Google Earth and other similar tools have done much to bring mapping into the digital age. Nowadays we all take for granted that you can easily go online and map search results for pizza in your zip code or zoom into satellite imagery of a small town on the other side of the world.
However, the internet is about much more than just searching and viewing information. It’s also about publishing. It wouldn’t be what it is today without blogs, wikis, social networking sites, and other forms of user-generated content. The web is what makes all of this possible, and HTML is what makes the web possible — a standard format that enables any web browser to view any web page. HTML’s standardization was a very powerful thing. Rather than being locked up in a proprietary format, or only viewable using one specific vendor’s product, web pages can be viewed and shared without encumbrance, for free.
This brings me to today’s wonderful news: KML is now an international standard!