Ability to link to a specific location/slide in Map Tour

11-29-2021 04:28 PM
Status: Under Consideration
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Occasional Contributor III

Making each location/slide in a Map Tour URL-addressable would enable an author to share URLs with readers that would take them to a specific place in the tour. It would also enable the use of QR codes on external content, such as exhibit displays, interpretative trail markers, posters, etc., to take the visitor directly to the correct location in a tour.

An identical user experience as to how URLs are provided for Headings and Subheadings would be great. (See Ability to link to a specific section in an ArcGIS StoryMap )

It would also be helpful to have the URLs for Map Tour items follow a predictable pattern, such that a list of them could be programmatically generated by the story's author, if needed. For example, if an author has created a map tour with 80 locations for a museum exhibit, it would take a lot of time for them to copy-and-paste all 80 URLs one-by-one from the story to a spreadsheet or some other document being used to create the exhibit labels with appropriate QR codes.

Instead, it would be much easier to create the list of 80 URLs if they followed a pattern, such as https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/<story_item_id>/?maptour=<map_tour_id>&location=<object_id>. In which case the only variable in the URL for a given map tour would be the ObjectID of the location, and the rest of the URL would remain constant. Then it would be easy to create the 80 URLs quickly from a list of the ObjectIDs through programmatic means.

(See also QR Code in StoryMaps .)


We just received a request for this option for a possible Story Map of Stevns Klint UNESCO World Heritage site in Denmark. We have a high detailed model with geological descriptions where different QR codes located on the site would bring the users and tourists to the different parts of the Story Map.

Status changed to: Under Consideration

I agree with Peter.

Having the ability to provide urls to specific slides within a map tour would be beneficial.