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The KML Handbook: Geographic Visualization for the Web by Josie Wernecke

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Chapter 1. A Quick Tour

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  • Give a simple definition of KML in layman’s terms.

  • List four possible use cases for a KML presentation.

  • Search for KML files on the web on a topic that interests you, and then view them with an Earth browser.

  • Create a simple KML file and share it with your friends.

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KML (Keyhole Markup Language) is an XML data format used to display information in a geographic context. Just as web browsers read and display HTML files, Earth browsers such as Google Earth read and display KML files. KML is a human-readable language composed of text and punctuation. It can be created and edited with a basic text editor, saved, and then viewed in an ...

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