[OpenLayers-Users] Is OpenLayers client-side only?

Okeefe, Charlie (Mission Systems) Charlie.Okeefe at ngc.com
Fri Dec 15 16:28:18 EST 2006

I'm hoping to have a couple architectural questions cleared up. Mainly,
is OpenLayers purely a client-side ajax package? Or does it include
components that run on the server as well?

As I currently understand it, setting up a web-based map (using my own
map rather than Google or Yahoo etc) will involve:

o installing UMN MapServer on a server to handle the actual map data
o installing ka-map on a server to handle tiling functionality
o including OpenLayers in the script of a web page

This way, OpenLayers runs in the browser and accesses ka-map tiling code
running on the server, which in turn calls MapServer.

Is this correct? Is ka-map currently a useful and/or desirable piece of
this puzzle? Are there any diagrams or descripts you that could help
clear this up?

Thanks for any help!

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