Effective Vector Data Transmission and Visualization Using HTML5

Corcoran, Padraig and Mooney, Peter and Winstanley, Adam C. and Bertolotto, Michela (2011) Effective Vector Data Transmission and Visualization Using HTML5. In: Proceedings of the 19th GIS Research UK Annual Conference. University of Portsmouth with Ordnance Survey, pp. 179-183.

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In this paper we evaluate the potential of the next major revision of HTML (Hypertext Markup Language), that is HTML5, to provide an effective platform for the transmission and visualization of vector based geographical data. Relative to the current version of HTML, HTML 4.01, HTML5 offers an improved platform to perform these tasks through greater interoperability with existing technologies and the introduction of many new API’s. Visualization of vector data can be achieved using the new methods of inline-SVG and the Canvas API. An analysis of the pros and cons of each method is presented. HTML5 introduces a novel WebSocket API which defines a full-duplex communication channel between client and server. This provides improved data communication both in terms of bandwidth utilization and network latency relative to existing push technologies. To demonstrate the effectiveness of HTML5 for vector data delivery a novel selective progressive transmission methodology is implemented using the WebSocket and Canvas API’s.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: HTML5; Web-Mapping; Progressive Transmission;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Computer Science
Item ID: 4925
Depositing User: Dr. Adam Winstanley
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2014 14:09
Publisher: University of Portsmouth with Ordnance Survey
Refereed: Yes

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