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OpenLayers Cookbook by Antonio Santiago Perez

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Adding features from a WFS server

The Web Feature Service (WFS) is an OGC standard, which provides independent platform calls to request geographical features to a server. In practice, it means a client makes a HTTP request to a server that implements the WFS standard and gets a set of features in the GML (Geographic Markup Language, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geography_Markup_Language) format.

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A nice introduction to WFS can be found in the tutorial about WFS available at https://www.e-education.psu.edu/geog585/book/export/html/1724. If you want to learn more about this, there is a complete specification on the OGC site http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/wfs.

From the OpenLayers point of view, the WFS is nothing more than another data ...

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