MapServer 5.0 WMS, requiring styles...

Kralidis,Tom [Burlington] Tom.Kralidis at EC.GC.CA
Sat Oct 13 22:21:37 EDT 2007

I can understand the issues which can evolve from folks used to pre-5.0 behaviour w.r.t. styles.
At the same time, any WMS client will run into a service exception when not passing styles to ANY WMS SERVER, not just MapServer 5.0 WMS.
Ticket 1088 documents the rationale, as well as supporting documentation and notes in MIGRATION_GUIDE.TXT.


From: UMN MapServer Developers List on behalf of Frank Warmerdam
Sent: Sat 13-Oct-07 18:26
Subject: Re: [UMN_MAPSERVER-DEV] MapServer 5.0 WMS, requiring styles...

Steve Lime wrote:
> Hi all: Is anyone else running into problems with clients and requiring the
> styles parameter? I'm putzing with Google Earth which doesn't seem to send
> that parameter which makes using 5.0-based WMS servers a bit useless. Or am
> I missing something with?


I haven't run into this myself, but I have heard problems on IRC.

I personally think it is wrong headed for us to require the styles
parameter.  If we want to have a "pendantic" mode that requires it that
would be find, but I don't see why we should require it by default
regardless of what the standard might say.

I would suggest we be permissive in what we require.

I think this is something that ought to be "fixed" in 5.0.1.

Best regards,
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