HERE Maps API - How to highlight a Marker

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This code example shows how to highlight a Marker, so that the marker changes colour when the mouse pointer is over it.

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Devices(s): Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari
Platform(s): Web Browser
Dependencies: HERE Maps API 2.5.3
Keywords: HERE Maps, JavaScript, Marker, highlight
Created: jasfox (09 Jan 2012)
Last edited: jasfox (20 Dec 2013)


This example demonstrates how to highlight a Marker, so that the marker's appearance is altered if the mouse pointer is left over it. As such it is a demonstration of the use of the mouseover and mouseout events.


Example code

After setting up the map in the usual manner, we define two map colors

var red =  {color: "#FF0000"};
var blue= {color: "#0000FF"};

A StandardMarker is added which listens for a mouseover event. When this occurs, the code set a highlight brush of a different color on the marker.The associated mouseout event returns the brushto the "normal" color.

function addHighlightableMarker(map) { 
var marker = new nokia.maps.map.StandardMarker
(new nokia.maps.geo.Coordinate(41.0125,28.975833),
{brush: red});
marker.addListener("mouseover" , function(evt) {
evt.target.set("brush", blue);
map.update(-1, 0);
marker.addListener("mouseout" , function(evt) {
evt.target.set("brush", red);
map.update(-1, 0);

A fully working example can be found at:


Alternative Solution

Highlighting markers can easily achieved using KML syntax, since this is the sole purpose of the <StyleMap> element. The <StyleMap> consists of two "modes" - a normal mode, and a highlight mode, each of which refer to a <Style> element. If two <Style> elements refer to different <IconStyle>s, the icon will change if the marker is selected.

<?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?>
<kml xmlns='http://www.opengis.net/kml/2.2'>
<Style id='BlueIcon'>
<Style id='RedIcon'>
<StyleMap id="styleMapExample">

Since the latest version of the HERE Maps API is able to natively render KML files, the KML above can be loaded directly onto a map using the code from the Load KML Example of the API explorer. The <Placemark> will be rendered as a MapMarker, and the icon will change when the mouse is over the marker.

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