kml files are text files of a standard format that define overlays of various types (lines, borders, images, symbols) that can be displayed over a map on a webpage.

Both methods of displaying a map (as part of an ordinary Article, or as a special GMapFP Article) allow one KML file to be displayed with the map. To use a kml file, the file must be saved in the images folder of the website, and then specified in the {gmapfp} tag or the GMapFP menu item.

Google provide documentation on the format of kml files. The following is a sample KML file, with comments:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<kml xmlns="" xmlns:gx="" xmlns:kml="" xmlns:atom="">


<Style id="shop_icon">
     <hotSpot x="8" y="8" xunits="pixels" yunits="pixels"/>

   <name>Baileys Stores</name>

   <name>Cooperative Store</name>


Defines file as KML

Document, named "Shops"

Creates icon for marking shops

Actual icon image is a .PNG file

Placemark for first shop
Draws shop icon at specified geographical location

Placemark for second shop

End of document

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