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I'm looking for a brief history of a 256x256 web map tile, in particular who used it first (came up with the idea) and who popularized it.

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Which part of your question is most significant, the 256x256 "standard" tile size , use of web map tiles in general, or web mapping in general? If you could provide some reasoning for asking this question you would probably get better answers. –  blah238 Dec 14 '12 at 13:35

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