Wikivoyage:Map

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This is a draft policy, and not yet in effect. Please see the discussion page for more information.

What are maps on Wikivoyage?[edit]

Maps fall into two categories:

Hand crafted static map
  • Static maps are pictures, crafted to give an overview of a distinct area.
  • Dynamic maps are rendered at the same time as the page, and superimpose locations from the article's listings onto the map. The map can be moved as well as zoomed in and out on the page.

Why are maps required?[edit]

Articles do not require maps to begin with, but will add invaluable context to the traveller as the article develops. A dynamic map is not required if there are no item listings with geo-coordinates, or if no longitude/latitude parameters are provided for the destination.

Maps are also recommended when taking a destination article to 'Guide' status, as well as required for 'Star' status.

What type of map should be used in an article?[edit]

There are no absolute rules, however dynamic maps are best used on 'bottom level' (i.e. City, City District, National Park) articles, where listings may change frequently. Country or Region level articles are usually best served by a well designed static map.

  • Country level - static map
  • Region/State/Province with subregions - static map
  • City article with districts - static map preferred
  • City article with no sub-districts - Suitable for a dynamic map
  • City district article - Suitable for a dynamic map
  • Park article - no guidance
  • Travel topic - no guidance

Should I replace a static map with a dynamic map?[edit]

The short answer is 'probably not'. Wikivoyage pages are designed for offline use, and therefore static maps are more useful in that regard. If a static map is extremely (not moderately) outdated, then replacing with a dynamic map can be considered.

Should I replace a dynamic map with a static map?[edit]

The short answer is also 'probably not'. If you can spend the effort to create a static map that is demonstrably superior to the dynamic map then go for it. Consider creating a static map which complements the dynamic map, for instance showing the main central sights and is placed below the dynamic map.

For Country and Region level articles, a static map should work much better given that there should be no individual listings on those.

Should I remove maps completely?[edit]

No. Maps help the traveller. Removing them does not help the traveller.

What if the map doesn't fit with my page layout?[edit]

You can consider the following:

  • Move the map to a different section - "Get around" is best, but it can be moved if that works better.
  • Change the dimensions - default dimensions are preferred, but it is not a big deal to change them if that works better for your page layout.

Related pages[edit]