WMS layer selection - UI/UX improvements

Stefan Hoffmeister shared this idea 10 months ago
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Hi, I am facing a problem with the UI usability of the WMS layer selection.

http://wms.geo.admin.ch/ is the WMS server, and the Swiss government supplies an _enormous_ amount of layers (which is good!). Alas, I cannot find any meaningful way to efficiently find what I am looking for.

These are my specific challenges:

  • number of layers cannot be conveniently filtered, e.g. by way of entering a case-sensitive sub-string (e.g. "stein")
  • "Einteilung Burgenkarte..." - well, this is what my Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+shows. See the ellipsis? Lots of text is getting cut off; this makes it impossible to distinguish entries. The font used for rendering also seem to be huge, aggravating the problem. Going landscape does not change this at all.
  • there seems to be nesting in the data, e.g. "Einteilung Burgenkarte..." has a considerable number of sub-entries. There is no means to really read them (see text cut off above), no means to collapse these, and keep them collapsed (cache user collapse choice on refresh from WMS!)
  • it would be helpful to be able to "Favourite" WMS layers (and keep this cached) - at least a least-recently-used list
  • it would be helpful to filter by "active layers" and "inactive layers"

My current use case: Find ibex colonies ("Steinbock") reasonably close to public transport ("öV") and, perhaps, pay attention to some Unesco bits and pieces. In Switzerland, as it happens to be the case ;) using OpenAndromaps as the base (offline) map.

I understand that Switzerland is one of the leading countries in publishing quality open data. Please enable Locus to consume that!

Comments (1)


Good day Stefan,

thank you for useful tips for improvement. I've changed your original "bug" topic to "idea", because I consider current UI as unfortunate and it needs improvements, also based on your ideas.

We are in road map rewrite of Map manager screen to something closer ( from UI design ) to current "Map items" screen. So when work start, I'll definitely read ( and consider ) your ideas here. Thank you.