10 years ago, Google Earth was still somewhat unknown. It had its big coming out party with a natural disaster1 and people started doing amazing things with it. If there was one person back in 2005 that knew XML spatial formats, it was Ron Lake. He wrote a commentary on KML 10 years ago this week. I for one read his article with 10 years of time to think about they implications of KML and see why from his perspective KML was not able to handle his needs.
Back then we all thought KML was the future and there wasn’t much that couldn’t be done. I think now we all realize that KML is the new PDF except we knew that 10 years ago. XML of course is never the answer…