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When I encounter features of the same class, but with identical coordinates I lay them out in a spiral arm formation. I chose to pick the initial radius and angle at random (can't recall my actual motive). My question is this:

Is there a standard way (or ways) of symbolizing features, from any WFS service, which would otherwise stack on top of each other in a 2D representation? For example, how does one 'best' display a transformer on a pole and the pole itself?

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closed as unclear what you're asking by underdark Apr 26 '14 at 21:49

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what 'system'? is it GIS based? – Mapperz Feb 1 '13 at 18:03
Mapperz: A collection of features from any WFS service. – ca0v Feb 1 '13 at 18:15
What software/code are you using to read the WFS? – Mapperz Feb 1 '13 at 18:25
It would help if you could make it clearer that you are dealing with representation of such features, not storage. E.g in the title – steko Feb 1 '13 at 18:39
Over a year later and still no answer here. Did you find an answer anywhere? You may get more help at Either way, it would help if you showed us an example of what you already do; i'm having a hard time imagining your "spiral" technique. Finally, transformers on a pole is highly domain-specific. Electrical distribution circuits, weather maps, geology maps, etc, all have their own conventions. – Martin F Apr 17 '14 at 1:15