Web Widget: Popup Maps

by Kevin Godby

This would be useful for websites that allow the user to input or select locations: flight reservations, bus tickets, etc.

When checking prices of flights on http://www.kayak.com/, for example, I can click on the airport code link and it opens a window that lists all the airports and their codes. However, instead of a text listing, why not have a map pop-up (similar to the calendar popups that they use) which allows the user to select the blip representing their airport? The initial click could zoom the map to a region and then show dots representing the airports. When the mouse touches a dot a tooltip should appear which displays the name of the airport.