Opened 13 years ago

Closed 12 years ago

#1857 closed defect (fixed)

SLD label implementation is non-conformant to OGC SLD spec

Reported by: bartvde@… Owned by: assefa
Priority: high Milestone: 5.0 release
Component: WMS Server Version: 4.8
Severity: normal Keywords:
Cc: havard.tveite@…


Hi list,

I am trying to get Mapserver (version 4.8.4) to display labels for a certain
attribute column. This works fine if I use the non-conformant OGC request (only
part of my SLD):


According to the OGC SLD spec Mapserver should just label with MY_COLUMN as a
static string.

But it does not work if I use it the way the example in the SLD spec indicates
(using ogc:PropertyName):


I get:
[Thu Aug 10 08:06:30 2006] [error] [client] Thu Aug 10 08:06:30
2006 - msDBFGetItemIndex(): DBASE file error. Item 'PropertyName' not found.

Example from SLD spec:

Why is this important? So that you can label using attribute values and static
strings combined, like:
<Label>This is city "<ogc:PropertyName>NAME</ogc:PropertyName>"
of state <ogc:PropertyName>STATE</ogc:PropertyName></Label>

Can this be fixed?

Change History (12)

comment:1 Changed 13 years ago by bartvde@…

The code for this seems to be mostly in place, but commented (see below).

I think the way to do this would be to use TEXT instead of LABELITEM. So that
one can mix static text with column names.

So <Label>bla <ogc:PropertyName>mycolumn</ogc:PropertyName></Label> would become

TEXT "bla [mycolumn]"

The code in mapogcsld.c:

        /* label  */
        /* support only literal expression instead of propertyname */
        psLabel = CPLGetXMLNode(psRoot, "Label");
        if (psLabel )
            if (psLabel->psChild && psLabel->psChild->pszValue)
            /* psPropertyName = CPLGetXMLNode(psLabel, "PropertyName"); */
              /* if (psPropertyName && psPropertyName->psChild && */
              /* psPropertyName->psChild->pszValue) */
                if (psLayer->labelitem)
                  free (psLayer->labelitem);
                psLayer->labelitem = strdup(psLabel->psChild->pszValue);
                  /* strdup(psPropertyName->psChild->pszValue); */

comment:2 Changed 13 years ago by bartvde@…

Milestone: 4.10 release
Setting target to 4.10 to implement support for both:



comment:3 Changed 13 years ago by tomkralidis

Is this one a dup of bug 1737?

comment:4 Changed 13 years ago by dmorissette

Cc: dmorissette@… added
Owner: changed from mapserverbugs to assefa
Looks like a dup to me. Assigned bug to Assefa since SLD is his territory.

comment:5 Changed 13 years ago by bartvde@…

Cc: havard.tveite@… added

comment:6 Changed 13 years ago by bartvde@…

*** Bug 1737 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

comment:7 Changed 13 years ago by assefa

add support for parsing label tags with property name :


Old way of doing is still supported.

 Does not do support things like  <Label>This is 
city "<ogc:PropertyName>NAME</ogc:PropertyName>"
of state <ogc:PropertyName>STATE</ogc:PropertyName></Label>

 If statifactory, please close the bug.

comment:8 Changed 13 years ago by bartvde@…

Resolution: fixed
Status: newclosed
I have verified this one and it works fine now. Thanks! Closing.

comment:9 Changed 13 years ago by assefa

Resolution: fixed
Status: closedreopened
Reopen bug : support of mixing  static text with column names is missing.

comment:10 Changed 13 years ago by assefa

I have added in the CVS HEAD the support of mixing the static text and
attributes.  The way it is done is that all text symbolizers now set the
class.text attribute instead of using the layer's label item. These cases seem
to work for me :

  * <Label><ogc:PropertyName>MY_COLUMN</ogc:PropertyName></Label> would give as
class text ([MY_COLUMN])
  * <Label>MY_COLUMN</Label>  would give ([MY_COLUMN])
  * <Label>aaa <ogc:PropertyName>TXT</ogc:PropertyName> bbb
<ogc:PropertyName>TXT</ogc:PropertyName>ccc</Label>  would give (aaa [TXT]bbb

 Couple of things :
   * do you see any problem of always using the class text instead of the layer
label item ?
   * I saw a problem when parsing the xml where the white spaces in front of the
label values are stripped out (in the 3rd example above, spaces before the sting
"bbb" are striped out). I think this comes from  the CPL xml paring code (gdal)
but I need to confirm that with Frank. 

comment:11 Changed 12 years ago by tomkralidis

FYI the schema does not allow for whitespace _and_ an element, so:

<Label>aaa <ogc:PropertyName>TXT</ogc:PropertyName> bbb<ogc:PropertyName>TXT</ogc:PropertyName>ccc</Label> 

would not work.

comment:12 Changed 12 years ago by assefa

Resolution: fixed
Status: reopenedclosed

Tom, I guess it would be for the user to validate the SLD (or should we do that ?). As it stands now, we use OGR to parse the xml and if the xml is valid (just the structure), we assume it is a valid SLD.

Closing this bug. Changes have benn in for some time. If there are specific bugs, we will open new ones.

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