[OSM-dev] Status of the WMS interface?

Tom Carden tom at tom-carden.co.uk
Thu Mar 30 00:41:30 BST 2006

Hi Jo,

Briefly, I think the current rendering code just quits out if you're
zoomed out too far.  You can see that streets only kick in on
openstreetmap.org when you're zoomed past a certain level (11 maybe?).
 This is enforced in the tiles javascript, which only asks for streets
past that level, but I'm pretty sure it's also enforced on the server.
 It's just a performance thing, until we have a way to generalise the
streets a bit.



On 3/29/06, Jo Walsh <jo at frot.org> wrote:
> dear all,
> i have some questions about the status and future of OSM's Web Map
> Service, http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/index.php/WMS , which i'd like
> to be able to use in a project (fixing up
> http://map.wirelesslondon.info which right now uses a *really old*
> version of the data available through the API, with some streetname
> annotations we added ourselves, back in July before the tagging
> interface was available and stable.
> This came up on irc.oftc.net#geo a few weeks ago now, and i got the
> impression then that there was a layer with streets available from the
> WMS service. Looking at the GetCapabilities response, there's a layer
> named 'streets' and another named 'streets2'
> http://tile.openstreetmap.org/cgi-bin/steve/mapserv?map=/usr/lib/cgi-bin/steve/wms.map&service=WMS&WMTVER=1.0.0&REQUEST=GetCapabilities
> When i request them, though, i just get back a blank image, i wondered
> if this was a transparency issue, but when i request the landsat
> layer as well (that should produce a composite, right?) i only get the
> landsat layer back, e.g.
> http://tile.openstreetmap.org/cgi-bin/steve/mapserv?map=/usr/lib/cgi-bin/steve/wms.map&service=WMS&WMTVER=1.0.0&REQUEST=map&STYLES=&TRANSPARENT=TRUE&LAYERS=streets,landsat&width=700&height=500&bbox=-0.18246371,51.5108931667899,-0.11246371,51.542000833210096
> Am i missing something really obvious? :/
> I understand that OSM has many priorities higher than this :)
> But i would really appreciate a quick braindump/wikidump on what the plans
> for the WMS service are, how fragile that URL is going to be in the
> future, and how it's possible, if desirable, to offer help.
> best wishes,
> jo
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