The Google Static Maps API returns a GIF-format image in response to a HTTP request via a URL. For each request, you can specify the location of the map, the size of the image, the zoom level, the type of map, and the placement of optional markers at locations on the map. You can additionally label your markers using alpha characters, so that you can refer to them in a “key.”
You embed a Static Maps API image within a webpage inside an img tag’s src attribute. When the webpage is displayed, the browser requests the image from the the Static Maps API and it renders within the image location.
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