Interface Symbolizer

All Known Subinterfaces:
ExtensionSymbolizer, ExtensionSymbolizer, LineSymbolizer, LineSymbolizer, PointSymbolizer, PointSymbolizer, PolygonSymbolizer, PolygonSymbolizer, RasterSymbolizer, RasterSymbolizer, Symbolizer, TextSymbolizer, TextSymbolizer, TextSymbolizer2
All Known Implementing Classes:
AbstractSymbolizer, LineSymbolizerImpl, PointSymbolizerImpl, PolygonSymbolizerImpl, RasterSymbolizerImpl, TextSymbolizerImpl, VendorSymbolizerImpl

public interface Symbolizer

Abstract superclass of the symbolizers defined by the Symbology Encoding specification.

Please note you are not free to create your own subtype o Symbolizer - we are limited to LineSymbolizer, PointSymbolizer, PolygonSymbolizer, RasterSymbolizer and TextSymbolizer.

using a static geometry you can use static geometry if needed, see #getGeometryAttribute

Particular cases if the geometry is not the defined type of the symbolizer

Geometry types other than inherently linear types can also be used. If a point geometry is used, it should be interpreted as a line of "epsilon" (arbitrarily small) length with a horizontal orientation centered on the point, and should be rendered with two end caps. If a polygon is used (or other "area" type), then its closed outline is used as the line string (with no end caps). If a raster geometry is used, its coverage-area outline is used for the line, rendered with no end caps.

GeoAPI 2.2
Open Geospatial Consortium, Johann Sorel (Geomatys), Chris Dillard (SYS Technologies)

Method Summary
 Object accept(StyleVisitor visitor, Object extraData)
          Calls the visit method of a StyleVisitor
 Description getDescription()
          Returns the description of this symbolizer.
 String getGeometryPropertyName()
          Returns the name of the geometry feature attribute to use for drawing.
 String getName()
          Returns a name for this symbolizer.
 Unit<Length> getUnitOfMeasure()
          Returns a measure unit.

Method Detail


Unit<Length> getUnitOfMeasure()
Returns a measure unit. This parameter is inherited from GML. Renderers shall use the unit to correctly render symbols. Recommended uom definitions are :

  • metre
  • foot
  • pixel

can be null. If the unit is null than we shall use a the pixel unit


String getGeometryPropertyName()
Returns the name of the geometry feature attribute to use for drawing. May return null (or Expression.NIL) if this symbol is to use the default geometry attribute, whatever it may be. Using null in this fashion is similar to a PropertyName using the XPath expression ".".

The content of the element gives the property name in XPath syntax. In principle, a fixed geometry could be defined using GML or operators could be defined for computing the geometry from references or literals. However, using a feature property directly is by far the most commonly useful method.

Geometry attribute name, or null to indicate default geometry


String getName()
Returns a name for this symbolizer. This can be any string that uniquely identifies this style within a given canvas. It is not meant to be human-friendly. (The "title" property is meant to be human friendly.)

a name for this style.


Description getDescription()
Returns the description of this symbolizer.

Description with usual informations used for user interfaces.


Object accept(StyleVisitor visitor,
                        Object extraData)
Calls the visit method of a StyleVisitor

visitor - the style visitor
value produced

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