[OSGeo-Discuss] Proposal: OSGeo Cartographic Library

Rushforth, Peter prushfor at NRCan.gc.ca
Tue Apr 8 11:55:46 PDT 2008


This is an interesting discussion!  

In the XML world, the answer to graphics rendering is SVG + XSL-FO,
generated by XSLT scripts according to styling rules.  XSL-FO
is then rendered via a formatting objects processor, like Apache FOP.

I'm of the opinion that a pipeline like:

GML +/- (any XML data) + SLD/FE + WMS graphics  => XSLT => SVG+XSL-FO -> pdf, (?geopdf anyone?)

would make for a killer map scripting environment.  Plus, it has the
added benefit of being based on standards or de facto standards
across the board, with open source solutions available in each

I will sign up for the discussion too!

Peter Rushforth
Technology Advisor / Conseiller technique
GeoConnections / GĂ©oConnexions
650-615 Booth St. / rue Booth
Ottawa ON K1A 0E9
E-mail / Courriel: Peter.Rushforth at NRCan.gc.ca 
Phone / TĂ©lephone: (613) 943-0784 
Fax / telecopier:  (613) 947-2410

> Use Cases:
> ----------
> I.  Interactive Browsing (e.g. web mapping)  1. Good-looking 
> web maps (more control of grid/graticule
> labeling)
> II. Ad-hoc Authoring (one-time GIS style layout using GUI)  
> 1. Good-looking printed (ps,pdf,etc) maps automatically 
> providing grid/grat, scalebar, legend, north arrow, SRS description
> - provide an API to exiting GIS apps?
> III. Automated Mapping (script driven)
>  1. Map Series (single page, identical layout)  2. Map Atlas 
> (mostly map with some text, multi-page)  3. Map-centric 
> documents (mostly text with some map,
> multi-page)
>  4. Route Alignment Sheets (rotated (non 90 deg) to fit
> page)
> Brent Fraser
> GeoAnalytic Inc.
> Calgary, Alberta

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