[Mapserver-users] Atlas Amsterdam on Port 80

Jan Hartmann j.l.h.hartmann at uva.nl
Thu May 6 07:40:26 EDT 2004

Hi Folks,

The Historical Atlas of Amsterdam 
(http://mapserver.sara.nl/atlas_amsterdam) now runs as a standard web 
server on port 80, so people behind proxies and firewalls should be able 
to view it too. I apologize for the inconvenience some of you may have 
had: it is not easy to set up an experimental web server within a large, 
security conscious organisation, not even a university. Thanks to your 
feedback we were able to set up a server completely under control of the 
Computing Center, while leaving me free to experiment with MapServer, 
MapScript and PostGIS.

On the Home Page (http://mapserver.sara.nl) you can find the preliminary 
documentation of the user interface (MapClient), together with two 
further applications. The first one shows all projections available in 
MapServer with all their parameters, and the second one lets you zoom in 
  on several remote sensed world maps from NASA, NOAA and other 
organisations. I also put up a very simple, generic mapfile-viewer, 
based on MapClient, which allows you to display and zoom in to every 
MapServer mapfile on the Internet, provided you know its default 
extents. The viewer itself is only about 40 lines. As a starting point I 
added references to five world maps, and I took the liberty to include 
the Itasca Demo data (35 lines, no templates).

The MapClient interface itself has not changed; I just added a few 
utility classes, mainly to ease zooming and panning (the windows  with 
the zoom-buttons in the titlebar are examples of such a class). I'll do 
a presentation about it in Ottawa, and I hope to finish the definitive 
documentation some time after that.



dr. J. Hartmann
Department of Geography
University of Amsterdam
j.l.h.hartmann at uva.nl

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