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OpenLayers Cookbook by Antonio Santiago Perez

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Chapter 8. Beyond the Basics

In this chapter we will cover:

  • Working with projections
  • Requesting remote data with OpenLayers.Request
  • Creating a custom control
  • Creating a custom renderer
  • Selecting features intersecting with a line
  • Making an animation with image layers

Introduction

OpenLayers is a big and complex framework. There is no other option available for a framework that allows working with many GIS standards, reading from many different data sources, rendering on different browser technologies, and so on. This power comes with a price.

The implementation of OpenLayers tries to have as less dependencies on external libraries as possible. This means, OpenLayers requires implementing many features that we can find in other projects: DOM elements' manipulation, ...

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