[mapguide-internals] Stylization FTW

Jason Birch jason at jasonbirch.com
Fri Jan 8 04:45:29 EST 2010

No, not GeoPDFs :)

Even TerraGo (the originator of GeoPDF) considers it to be a legacy format
now, even though it's published as an OGC best practice (insert your
favourite three letters starting with W and ending with F here...).

This blog post is a good read that sorta almost helps to clarify things:


Except I think that it really only hints at the real reason :)

<http://geopdf.blogspot.com/2008/09/why-open-geopdf-now.html>Basically, if
MapGuide were to support geo-registered PDFs, we would want to support the
Adobe extension which -- as I understand it -- is in the ISO standards
track.  Here's a direct link to the extension (page 49 of EL3)


I hate ISO standards because you have to pay to read them, but at least for
version 1.7 Adobe has maintained freely readable versions as well.

For completeness, here's a link to the legacy GeoPDF best practice doc:



2010/1/8 Jackie Ng

> You mean GeoPDFs?
> It's apparently an official OGC spec now, but for the life of me I can't
> find the document that lays out all the nitty gritty details!
> - Jackie

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