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Dynamically setting initial map view and scale

The following script allows us to set the initial x, y and scale attributes of a map using the MapGuide Ajax Viewer. It expects the values to be passed to the script as querystring parameters, e.g.


It works by taking a copy of the WebLayout? stored in the Library repository and changing the <CenterX/>, <CenterY/> and <Scale/> elements. The updated XML is written into the Session and is used as the target when the page is ultimately redirected.

This code could easily be converted to C# (or whatever).

Things to note

  • A side-effect of the code is that it facilitates anonymous connections
  • The parameter-checking could be made a little more robust *cough*
  • The $wl variable should be changed to reflect the relevant WebLayout? identifier

The code


// Vital includes.
$viewerDir = "mapviewerphp\\";
include $viewerDir . "constants.php";
include $viewerDir . "common.php";

// Check and get the required parameters.
if (!isset($_REQUEST["x"]) || !isset($_REQUEST["y"]) || !isset($_REQUEST["scale"])) {
        echo "<Error>One or more of the required arguments is missing.</Error>";

$x = $_REQUEST["x"];
$y = $_REQUEST["y"];
$scale = $_REQUEST["scale"];

// Usual initialisation step.

// Obtain a new session ID for this anonymous user, use it to set up
// a new site connection and use that to create a resource service.
$site = new MgSite();
$site->Open(new MgUserInformation("Anonymous", ""));

$sessionId = $site->CreateSession();

$siteConnection = new MgSiteConnection();
$siteConnection->Open(new MgUserInformation($sessionId));

$resourceService = $siteConnection->CreateService(MgServiceType::ResourceService);

// Read the web layout into an XML DOM document object.
$wl = "Library://WebPID/WebPID_SDF_Static.WebLayout"; // TODO Constant!
$wlResourceId = new MgResourceIdentifier($wl);
$wlReader = $resourceService->GetResourceContent($wlResourceId);
$wlXml = $wlReader->ToString();
$wlDomDoc = DOMDocument::loadXML($wlXml); 

// Now, update the initial x, y and scale values with the desired values.
$nodeCenterX = $wlDomDoc->getElementsByTagName("CenterX")->item(0);
$nodeCenterX->nodeValue = "$x";

$nodeCenterY = $wlDomDoc->getElementsByTagName("CenterY")->item(0);
$nodeCenterY->nodeValue = "$y";

$nodeScale = $wlDomDoc->getElementsByTagName("Scale")->item(0);
$nodeScale->nodeValue = "$scale";

// Prepare the updated XML to be written out to the session.
$updatedXml = $wlDomDoc->saveXML();
$byteSource = new MgByteSource($updatedXml, strlen($updatedXml));

// Create a web layout in the session to hold the updated version
// from the library.
$sessionMapName = $wlResourceId->GetName();
$sessionWebLayout = "Session:$sessionId//$sessionMapName.WebLayout";
$sessionResourceId = new MgResourceIdentifier($sessionWebLayout);

// Write the updated web layout to the session.
$resourceService->SetResource($sessionResourceId, $byteSource->GetReader(), null);

// Redirect to the Ajax viewer pointing at the map at the desired coordinates.
$redirectTo = "mapguide/mapviewerajax/?SESSION=$sessionId&WEBLAYOUT=$sessionWebLayout";
$host = $_SERVER["HTTP_HOST"];
$url = "http://$host/$redirectTo";

// Redirect!
header("Location: $url");


See also

Last modified 9 years ago Last modified on Sep 5, 2008 2:10:09 AM