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I'm having a map which is rendered through OpenLayers using GeoServer. The map contains various attribute data field like link_no, X_coord, Y_coord etc.

I want to highlight the link using link_no. I internally use WMS layer to render the map.

I got the following code from this wiki for highlighting purpose:

// define a blank Vector layer and add it to the map
var highlight_style = { fillColor:'#99CCFF', strokeColor:'#3399FF', fillOpacity:0.7 };
hilites = new OpenLayers.Layer.Vector("Highlighted",
            {isBaseLayer:false, features:[], visibility:true, style:highlight_style}

// define the WFS server which will fill requests
var wfs_url = '/cgi-bin/mapserv?map=/maps/spraywatch2/wms/';
/* highlightFeatures() makes the WFS request, then highlight_them() callback does the real work
* Args for WFS filter: typename, attribute, value
function highlightFeatures(typename,attribute,value) {
var wfsurl = wfs_url + '&REQUEST=getfeature&typename=' + typename +
function highlight_them(response) {
                      // use the GML parser to turn the XML into a list of Feature objects
                      var features = new OpenLayers.Format.GML().read(response.responseText);
                      // have the Vector layer purge its feature list, replace them with the new ones

Now what exactly is the typename, attribute and value parameters in the function highlightFeatures ? My aim is to highlight a particular link using a function call like this as explained in the wiki:


The above function call was an example given in the wiki link.

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Typename - this is the name of the feature type you are trying to retrieve Attribute - this is the field of the feature you want to query against (I think this would be link_no in your example) Value - this is the value of link_no for the feature(s) you want to highlight.

You mention in your question that you're got a WMS layer set up, but it's not clear whether you've also set up a corresponding WFS layer to query against. The example you give assumes you have a WMS layer for displaying all your features, but it also requires a WFS layer which is what you need to query when you are highlighting a feature.

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I have set up two layers as shown in the following link. In my code which I have stated in my question, I create a Vector layer. Isn't that sufficient? – Sibi Nov 12 '12 at 11:10
Sorry, I probably wasn't very clear. On the client side of things that's sufficient - I was talking more about how things are set up on the server. You need to have a WFS set up on the server for you to query against. How this is set up will determine what you need to set your parameters to in the highlightFeatures method. – pecoanddeco Nov 12 '12 at 11:17
WFS is set up in my server. My wfs_url in the code is var wfs_url = 'http://localhost:8080/geoserver/Alexandria/wfs'; But this results in a response from the server as bad request. Any idea where i'm going wrong? – Sibi Nov 12 '12 at 11:26

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