Have you ever wondered how Microsoft's Virtual Earth manages to display extremely large mapping data sets in the browser almost instantaneously? Well, if this is indeed the case, then, the Tiled Vectors demo might clue you in on the matter at hand. The Tiled Vectors demo is now available for download and, of course, it is a product of Microsoft Research. The demonstration comes to illustrate a technique designed to display enormous data sets as vectors in client-side map browsers. This is possible because all the vectors are actually tiled into files of constant size.
“The demo shows a way to solve the problem of showing extremely large mapping data sets in the web
Without a technique such as Tiled Vectors, the browser would simply become non-functional as it would struggle to process the vast amounts of JavaScrip points. Tiled Vectors makes sure that the browser only manages and displays as much data as necessary for a single screen. The technique involves a bit of pre-processing of the data by an offline preprocessor. All the information is segmented into tiles before it goes to the browser.
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