[Mapserver-users] XML Mapfile

Stephen Woodbridge woodbri at swoodbridge.com
Fri May 28 11:48:19 EDT 2004

Sean Gillies wrote:

> On May 28, 2004, at 5:16 AM, Stephen Woodbridge wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> There is a pretty extensive discussion on XML mapfiles in the 
>> archives, did anything come of this? Did anyone build any conversion 
>> tools?
>> Thanks,
>>   -Steve W.
> My XML project is not yet bearing any fruit.  Are you going to the users 
> meeting?
> Maybe we could see if any like-minded folks want to discuss it there.

MUM2 is still a question at this point for me.

I am interested in doing something with Perl.

One idea is to:
write a perl script to convert maplexer.l into a Parse::Lex script
and mapparser.y to a Parse::Yapp script. This would allow us to
generate perl code that could accurately read mapfiles based on the
mapserver grammar files. - this may be more trouble than it is worth
as I don't know much about these tools.

My goal would be to be able to read a mapfile and send it as xml to 
another client. They could make changes to it and request a map based on 
the modified mapfile. The modified mapfile would be validated and 
converted back to a Mapfile or would be dynamically instanciated in 
Mapscript. I don't think Mapscript supports all the functionality we 
need to do the later.


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