MS RFC 49: Symbology, Labeling, and Cartography Improvements¶
Thomas Bonfort, Stephen Lime
Thomas.Bonfort at camptocamp.com , Steve.Lime at DNR.State.MN.US
Passed and Implemented
This RFC regroups a few minor additions or changes to the MapServer rendering or mapfile syntax.
These changes are/were all in RFC45, but were extracted to keep things moving on as some of the stuff in RFC45 lacks funding in the near future.
Fractional values for SIZE and WIDTH¶
AGG can deal with fractional widths and sizes but styleObj's define those properties as int's. Shouldn't be a big deal since both GD and AGG don't use those values directly, rather they use scaled values with are cast or rounded to an int if necessary.
MINSCALEDENOM / MAXSCALEDENOM for STYLEs and LABELS¶
These keywords can reduce mapfile size and maintenance, by avoiding creating multiple layers or classes.
OUTLINEWIDTH on line layers¶
It is currently impossible to draw a outlined line with a scale-dependant width. We propose to add the OUTLINWIDTH keyword to the STYLE block, that indicates the width in pixels that should be rendered around the main line color.
The implementation of this lies in mapdraw.c. When a line's style block has an outlinewidth, the underlying shape is actually drawn twice: once with it's width adapted to account for the outlinewidth, and once normally. The current caching mechanism for lines is preserved.
LAYER TYPE LINE SIZEUNITS meters CLASS STYLE COLOR 255 0 0 OUTLINECOLOR 0 0 0 OUTLINEWIDTH 1 WIDTH 25 #this is in meters (ground units) MINWIDTH 1 #minimal width (in pixels) for far zoomed maps MAXWIDTH 20 #maximal width (in pixels) for close zoomed maps END END END
whatever the map extent or scale, this line layer would always be rendered by a red line with a one pixel black outline.
add LABEL to layersObj¶
This feature has not yet been implemented
so that a default can be defined for all classes (sort of like templates). A class label would take precedent.
mapdraw.c (outlinewidth on lines, scale on styleobj)
maplabel.c (scale on labels)
The documentation for the keywords will be aded to the main mapfile syntax docs.
Getters and Setters for the keywords will be added for mapscript availability
+1 : SteveW, UmbertoN, TamasS, SteveL, DanielM (,AlanB)
Comments from Review period¶
the LABELMETHOD proposal is withdrawn
fractional values also for pattern,gap, offset: a good candidate for 6.0 (when pattern and gap would be moved to the styleObj?)
there was consensus for adding parametered scaling, useful for thematic mapping (eg size proportional to a feature attribute)
by allowing simple expressions, eg SIZE ( 18 + [poptotal] * (( 43-18)/(5000-30000)) )
or by adding pseudoitems at the layer level: