Voting on RFC 9.

Sean Gillies sgillies at FRII.COM
Tue Jan 31 11:21:30 EST 2006

On Jan 31, 2006, at 8:23 AM, Daniel Morissette wrote:

> Sean Gillies wrote:
>> I think your/our time is better spent making mapscript  better and  
>> using mapscript with existing Perl/Python/PHP templating   
>> packages, but you know that already. For C, there is Clearsilver
>> Maybe a switch to something like clearsilver would be a good 5.0   
>> feature.
> As usual, a very interesting suggestion worth considering. BTW,
> sometimes I'm wondering why you are still using MapServer since you
> don't seem to be happy with any of the stuff that's existing or being
> added to it. Don't take that the wrong way, I don't mean to attack you
> at all, I am really trying to understand where you're coming from.

Let's stay on topic, OK?

> With respect to MapServer templates, I think the simple map-gui- 
> oriented
> template mechanism that the CGI offers is a feature of MapServer.  
> That's
> one of the things that makes it easy for new users to get running
> quickly. Clearsilver appears to offer more, but then if someone needs
> more they can go straight to PHP MapScript which already offers the  
> same
> as Clearsilver and much more. Well, I guess one key difference is that
> the CGI already offers all the magic to handle zooming, panning,
> managing queries, etc which you need to reimplement yourself if you  
> use
> MapScript... I guess that's one argument in favor of using Clearsilver
> in the CGI (or for embedding the PHP interpreter in the CGI to use as
> templating system).
> My 0.02$
> Daniel

Clearsilver contains pretty much all of the formatting features  
anybody is going to ask for, plus macros and functions: http:// I'm simply pointing out  
that it is potentially an answer to all the recent template feature  
requests, including those for improvements to the legend templates.


Sean Gillies
sgillies at frii dot com

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