[OpenLayers-Dev] Public vector WMS

Brad Spencer brad at cubewerx.com.au
Sun Dec 13 15:50:09 EST 2009


I think what you want to do is what I do all the time. I happen to publish
my data on a CubeWerx WMS/WFS environment. This is the most OGC compliant
Web Map server in the market today but it is not free.

Anyway, I use it this way in an OpenLayers client app. I can use any basemap
I like I have used GoogleMap, BingMaps, Openstreemap, NearMap imagery and
various others. I then access my WMS service using either styles which are
recorded in the getcapabilities document and are in fact embedded SLDs or I
can use external SLDs which I can edit on the fly.

Have a look at my demographicdrapes service at

By the way, when I want to highlight a feature stored in my database I use
SLDs again.


Brad Spencer
brad at numaps.com.au

-----Original Message-----
From: dev-bounces at openlayers.org [mailto:dev-bounces at openlayers.org] On
Behalf Of Ryan Snowden
Sent: Saturday, December 12, 2009 5:37 PM
To: dev at openlayers.org
Subject: [OpenLayers-Dev] Public vector WMS

Hi there

I'm a fresh member and looking for information regarding vector overlays
from a public WMS. 

The default base layer I am using is labs.metacarta.com and it has a basic
layer amongst other layers like country_01. Are these layers vector layers
in that I can control their style? Some of these layers I turn on and they
don't really change anything on my map as well.

Basically all I am after is a world vector map of coastal boundaries (low
priority), ocean, country names and state names. I'd like to control the
colours of the labels, the border colours and the land colour. I'll be
adding my own image markers to these so I'm not to concerned about this.

Any help is appreciated.. there doesn't seem to be 1 single resource listing
public WMS servers, their layers and any vector layers I can overlay (or
maybe I'm typing the wrong thing into google).

Any help appreciated, Thanks
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