[OpenLayers-Dev] singleTile optimization

Paul Spencer pspencer at dmsolutions.ca
Thu Oct 4 13:05:27 EDT 2007

On 4-Oct-07, at 12:16 PM, Christopher Schmidt wrote:

> On Thu, Oct 04, 2007 at 11:09:34AM -0500, Erik Uzureau wrote:
>> There we go. What David's said here is what I was grasping for  
>> earlier here.
>> If you use a singleTile layer that is gridded, *eventully* the  
>> user is
>> going to pan the map such that the corners of the grid are in the
>> viewbox. At that point, the only option is to load 4 tiles, at which
>> point, we're back to gridded, in which case you might as well just  
>> use
>> a normal gridded layer with a very big tilesize and a buffer:0
> I think Paul is imagining a singleTile which matches the grid of a
> *smaller* set of tiles -- so the gridded tile is 'snapped' to a corner
> of a smaller grid. For example, you could imagine the grid existing at
> 0.5 degree increments all the way across the world, and the tile would
> snap to the closest one. The tile no longer has equal buffer space  
> on all
> outside edges, but is more cachable.
> The size of a single grid square must be smaller than the smallest  
> area
> that can outside the map at any given time, so when the new area is
> requested, the tile 'jumps' to fill it, but positions itself based on
> the grid instead of based on the map center.

right, the positioning based on grid rather than map center is the  
critical part since the requests are then more likely to be retrieved  
from the browser cache when returning to the same area.  But the  
argument about wanting singleTile to be very dynamic is still a valid  
concern, to which I would say that in the current approach, client  
side caching becomes essentially a random event in which someone may  
get an old image and would not understand why.  With a deliberately  
cacheable approach like snapping to the tile grid, we then have to  
think deliberately about how to avoid caching them and then actually  
get predictable behaviour.


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> Christopher Schmidt
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