Opened 8 years ago

Closed 4 years ago

#5602 closed enhancement (wontfix)

Load style table directly from .ofs file

Reported by: nsands Owned by: chaitanya
Priority: normal Milestone: closed_because_of_github_migration
Component: OGR_SF Version: svn-trunk
Severity: normal Keywords: style table ofs


It may be useful to have a method that loads a style table directly from a .ofs file. Currently the method to load a style table from a text file does not recognise the .ofs format headers (first 1 or two lines) of an .ofs file and treats them as if they were style definitions.

The existing method OGR_STBL_LoadStyleTable() could be modified to ignore those lines (and to ignore any lines starting with a '#' perhaps also?). Alteratively, a separate method could be created for this slightly different behaviour.

See email discussion on this issue below.


This is a good idea. The doc you specified needs a correction. The version string and style field lines are supposed to be commented out with a #.

The OGRStyleTable class has methods to save and load style tables. They assume neither empty lines nor comments. There is one method to Print that saves the styletable into a file in the .ofs format. We can implement a method that loads a styletable from such file. Do you have any other suggestions?

I suggest you create a ticket on this at

On Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 10:17 AM, Nik Sands <nixanz@…> wrote: Hi Devs,

I'm just planning to convert my own 'in-house' drawing styles management to using the styles management built into OGR. The documentation at suggests that styles can be in a '.ofs' file to be automatically associated with a data source of the same name as the .ofs file.

But how about if the .ofs file is a stand-alone file passed directly to OGR_STBL_LoadStyleTable()? Eg, OGR_STBL_LoadStyleTable(table, "/path/to/styles.ofs")

In this case the first two calls to 'OGR_STBL_GetNextStyle(table)' will return the 'styles':

OFS-Version : 1.0 2014-07-30 14:38:36.392 Maps n Trax[47458:60b] StyleField : "style"

Which are of course not styles at all, but part of the .ofs specification.

From this, I assume that files passed into OGR_STBL_LoadStyleTable() should in fact NOT be .ofs files, but merely plain text files with raw style strings only (and no .ofs specifications).

Is this correct?

Would there be any advantage on getting OGR_STBL_LoadStyleTable() to ignore the first line or two if it is an .ofs file and those two lines match the spec?

Cheers, Nik.

OFS-Version: 1.0 StyleField: "style"

DefaultStyle: SYMBOL(c:#000000,id:"ogr-sym-3",s:5pt); PEN(c:#000000,w:2pt); BRUSH(fc:#80808080); LABEL(c:#000000,s:14pt,t:{title})

locality: LABEL(c:#000000,s:24pt,t:{title}) town: SYMBOL(c:#800000,id:"ogr-sym-3",s:10pt); LABEL(c:#800000,s:24pt,t:{title}) city: SYMBOL(c:#800000,id:"ogr-sym-3",s:15pt); LABEL(c:#800000,s:24pt,t:{title}) region: PEN(c:#000000,w:2pt); BRUSH(fc:#80808080); LABEL(c:#000000,s:28pt,t:{title}) country: PEN(c:#000000,w:2pt); BRUSH(fc:#80808080); LABEL(c:#000000,s:32pt,t:{title})

vegetation_low: BRUSH(fc:#A0F0A0); LABEL(c:#004000,s:18pt,t:{title}) vegetation_medium: BRUSH(fc:#80C080); LABEL(c:#004000,s:18pt,t:{title}) vegetation_high: BRUSH(fc:#008000); LABEL(c:#004000,s:18pt,t:{title}) water: SYMBOL(c:#000080,id:"ogr-sym-3",s:2pt); PEN(c:#000080,w:2pt,p:"18pt 8pt"); BRUSH(fc:#8080C0); LABEL(c:#000080,s:18pt,t:{title}) contour: PEN(c:#808080,w:1pt); LABEL(c:#808080,s:12pt,t:{elevation})

road_unsealed: PEN(c:#A08080,w:2pt,p:"10pt 6pt"); LABEL(c:#000000,s:18pt,t:{title}) road_minor: PEN(c:#A08080,w:2pt); LABEL(c:#000000,s:18pt,t:{title}) road_medium: PEN(c:#A00000,w:4pt); LABEL(c:#000000,s:18pt,t:{title}) road_major: PEN(c:#A00000,w:6pt); LABEL(c:#000000,s:18pt,t:{title})

route: PEN(c:#000000,w:2pt,p:"2pt 4pt"); LABEL(c:#000000,s:18pt,t:{title}) track: PEN(c:#000000,w:2pt,p:"10pt 6pt"); LABEL(c:#000000,s:18pt,t:{title}) rail: PEN(c:#000000,w:4pt,p:"2pt 5pt"); LABEL(c:#000000,s:18pt,t:{title}) cable: PEN(c:#000000,w:2pt,p:"1pt 6pt"); LABEL(c:#000000,s:18pt,t:{title}) ferry: PEN(c:#000080,w:2pt,p:"18pt 8pt"); LABEL(c:#000080,s:18pt,t:{title})

Change History (2)

comment:1 by chaitanya, 8 years ago

Component: defaultOGR_SF
Owner: changed from warmerdam to chaitanya
Status: newassigned
Version: unspecifiedsvn-trunk

comment:2 by Even Rouault, 4 years ago

Milestone: closed_because_of_github_migration
Resolution: wontfix
Status: assignedclosed

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