[OSGeo-Discuss] Options for sharing geodata symbology along with WFS?

Raj Singh raj at rajsingh.org
Fri Aug 14 11:52:41 PDT 2009

SLD is usually thought of in conjunction with WMS because you don't  
see the effect of the styling until you make a map. But it certainly  
applies to WFS just as well in a situation like Chris mentions with  
Openlayers, where the client software is doing the portrayal.

In addition to this:
Styled Layer Descriptor

you will also want to look at this:
Feature Styling IPR version 0.4.1 found at:


On Aug 14, at 2:39 PM, Christopher Schmidt wrote:

> On Fri, Aug 14, 2009 at 02:22:51PM -0400, Alexandre Leroux wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Thanks Christopher for your answer. A colleague excluded SLD by  
>> telling
>> us it only applies to WMS, which, based on your comment, isn't  
>> true. The
>> OGC website isn't clear on this (I guess we should read deeper). This
>> would enable us to generate SLDs with uDig :-)
> SLD is a language; at least some non-WMS tools can read SLD, and style
> WFS vectors according to it. (OpenLayers can do this; I'm sure that
> other client software can as well.) Insofar as such a thing exists,
> SLD is the primary standards based way of communicating styling
> information regarding a set of data.
> Some WMS servers are capable of using SLD as their style descriptions;
> I believe both MapServer and GeoServer can do this. However, other
> clients can as well.
>>>> answers! :-) To my defense for this OSGeo-unrelated question, we do
>>>> process and serve all the related geodata using OSGeo software! ;-)
>>> Which software?
>> Since you're asking.. still the same project already mentioned on  
>> this
>> list: providing Canadian weather information with web maps and  
>> standard
>> web services. Our (fully working) prototypes use MapFish, OpenLayers
>> GDAL/OGR . (we also use other OSGeo software for other projects)
> Hm, I guess my question was unclear; I was curious what software you  
> were
> using for WMS/WFS.
> GeoServer uses SLD as the primary styling configuration on the server,
> for example.
>> Cheers,
>> Alex
>> --
>> Alexandre Leroux, M.Sc., Ing.
>> Environnement Canada / Environment Canada
>> Centre météorologique canadien / Canadian Meteorological Centre
>> Section de la réponse aux urgences environnementales /
>> Environmental Emergency Response Section
>> alexandre.leroux at ec.gc.ca
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