What I'm trying to accomplish: take the functionality below (see picture) and do the same without using a MapServer template (if this is even possible).
I currently have a mapfile, and an openlayers file. All the data is being displayed correctly.
In my mapfile, I reference a database. I call out that database by a column name so what is what's used for the label on the map. Quite simple.
Now, the thing here is that I'm accessing just a standard php/html file. Not a mapserver template, like:
Example: 123.456.7.890/mymap.php in the browser is what I want. Not the above.
Now if I wanted to accomplish this using a MapServer template (correct me if I'm wrong on my terminology), this has proven to be quite easy, because you can reference
map_body.html map_header.html map_footer.html
See below: this is what I want to do without the cumbersome MapServer functionality, ie sluggish navigation buttons
So what I'm trying to wrap my head around is: how do you set up the database references in your .html/php file? Or, how do you reference the templates (map_body.html, map_header.html, map_footer.html) from your MapFile in your OpenLayers file?