[Qgis-developer] show grid on map canvas (similiar to grid used in composer) - strategy?

Etienne Tourigny etourigny.dev at gmail.com
Mon May 14 09:51:58 PDT 2012

Hi Bob,

Output looks really nice but I see 2 issues:

1 - grass is optional, not part of qgis core
2 - made for PS output, may not fit nicely with the composer nor the map canvas

Perhaps there is a workaround for 2 ?


On Mon, May 14, 2012 at 2:47 AM, Bob and Deb <bobdebm at gmail.com> wrote:
> I wonder if http://grass.osgeo.org/wiki/Ps.output might give good ideas for
> drawing a grid on the map canvas.
> On Wed, May 9, 2012 at 2:00 PM, Etienne Tourigny <etourigny.dev at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I would like to add support to draw a grid on the map canvas, in a way
>> similar to what is done in the map composer (although perhaps without
>> the annotations on the borders).
>> What should be the approach used?
>> 1) plugin or core?
>> 2) rubberbands or basic plot functions triggered after mapCanvas update?
>> I think both drawing strategies are possible using a plugin.
>> It would be best to write in the core, assuming there is sufficient
>> interest in this, but it will take time to trickle down to the stable
>> version (an argument for making it a plugin).
>> I know the current workaround is to create a vector grid with ftools,
>> but that is a little clunky.
>> Any thoughts?
>> Etienne
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