The OGC Web Feature Service (WFS) standard is a protocol that allows to query and transport spatial vector data over the network. It has been designed to overcome the proprietary protocols of different GIS vendors and to create a new level of interchangeability.
Connect AtlasStyler to WFS
There you can define variouse aspects of the server:
In the third and last step you may choose one of the advertised WFS layers:
The layer is then added to the AtlasStyler map and you may start creating a style by clicking the tool icon of the layer and select Style:
Tipps and Tricks
Default namespace/workspace problem with GS 2.0.2
We experienced troubles with some Geoserver 2.0.2 installations, complaining that no default namespace would have been defined - even though it has been defined. The hack we found working:
- Log into the Geoserver with admin rights.
- Create a new dummy workspace and set it default.
- edit you existing workspace and set it default again.
- Delete the dummy workspace again.
After that, the connection worked flawless even without the need to restart Geoserver.
Mixed geometry types
AtlasStyler - with a history of styling Shapefiles - has problems when a WFS returns GML data which contains polygons, lines and points mixed. The quick solution in AS 1.6 is to treat that kind of "mixed geometry" as polygons. If you need propper support to style more complex GML, please contact wikisquare.de and lets look for funding. See also this piece of Geoserver WFS documentation: Dealing with mixed geometry types.