The Basic Layout Viewer is a browser-based method for displaying map data in an Infrastructure Map Server application. It is a complete application, with support for standard mapping functionality like zooming, theming, and selecting features. It runs within Internet Explorer®8, Mozilla® Firefox® 3.6, Google Chrome™ 7 or 8, and Apple® Safari® 4 or 5, without requiring a browser plug-in.
Most Infrastructure Map Server applications display a map, though it is possible to create applications that perform data analysis or manipulation but do not display anything. For example, an Infrastructure Map Server application can be used as a back-end to another mapping application.
A web layout defines how the Viewer looks and operates for a map. One function of a web layout is to define which optional components display with the map. All of the optional components can be disabled, leaving just the map itself.