[clug] ACT Map i and SVG

Scott Ferguson scott.ferguson.clug at gmail.com
Tue Sep 13 17:58:00 MDT 2011

On 13/09/11 20:07, Alex (Maxious) Sadleir wrote:
> The old SVG version is available at
> Why did they even buy this $7000+ Silverlight solution (Geocortex
> Essentials)? 

Why did they make the decision to make Internet Explorer 9 the new HTML
compliance "standard"?

Wouldn't w3.org be a better benchmark?

Why did they *not* use OpenMaps for cost reasons alone?

Surely not needing to close html tags doesn't save that much money....
None of the "proposed" benefits of Siverlight can't be done using SVG OR
javascript (note: that as yet many of the original features SVG
delivered features are still unavailable ie. block size measuring etc).

Also, what happened to the *mandatory* WCAG accessibility compliance?
Even http://www.actpla.act.gov.au/help/access doesn't pass

> ESRI ArcGIS Server has a **free** javascript slippy map
> **which is enabled on this server**
> You can even access that server using FOSS for GIS like Quantum GIS or
> JOSM! Just add the WMS server URLs
> ""
> and ""
> On Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 7:09 PM, Edward C. Lang <edlang at edlang.org> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> On Mon, 2010-09-06 at 18:08 +1000, Brett Worth wrote:
>>> I'd like to access the ACT Mapping site:
>>> http://www.actmapi.act.gov.au/
>>> but it seems they only support IE. �One thing that puzzles me is that when it asks for SVG
>>> support it directs you to the adobe site for a non-existent plugin. �On the adobe site
>>> there's a test page to show if your browser supports SVG and according to adobe my firefox
>>> 3.6.8 does not.
>> Where are you finding the page that uses SVG? All the map URIs on that
>> page seem to point to maps that use Microsoft Silverlight...
>> For example:
>> http://www.actmapi.act.gov.au/SilverlightViewer_1_2/Viewer.html?Viewer=ACTMAPI_Online_Maps
>> http://www.actmapi.act.gov.au/SilverlightViewer_1_2/Viewer.html?Viewer=Aerial_Photography
>> http://www.actmapi.act.gov.au/SilverlightViewer_1_2/Viewer.html?Viewer=Territory_Plan
>> Which ACT Government numpty thought Silverlight would be a good, open
>> standards based idea?
>> �- Edward.
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Thanks for the link to the old SVG site, I'm not keen on installing mono
*just* to be able to install "Moonlight" - especially not without
reviewing the security implications.

NOTE: the change is fairly recent - earlier this year the SVG pages were
still working.


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