I've been trying to figure out different approaches to constructing circles with text inside of them in SLD/GeoServer. Single character font-based "external" symbols work fine, with the "text" part being e.g.:

        <CssParameter name="fill">#000000</CssParameter>

My question is, is it possible to combine several characters into one WellKnownName tag in the hex format? Haven't found anything at least in the SLD documentations / references. Or does one always have to generate several PointSymbolizer entities with single characters accompanied by some offset technique to generate multi-character text symbols? Looking for the cleanest, least-markup approach here.

For instance if I'd want a text "AA" inside a circle, the HEX code would be 4141, but so far it seems one can only single letters, e.g. ttf://Arial#0x41. At least ttf://Arial#0x4141 doesn't seem to work.

Of course one can create texts inside circles with TextSymbolizer but that runs into all kinds of label removal/placement issues.

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Sadly TTFMarkFactory where the magic happens only handles a single TTF code at a time.

AFAIK the only way to do this is to implement a custom MarkFactory or an ExternalGraphicsFactory. There is a page of documentation here that should get you started.

Alternatively you could look at using SVG to define the marks you need.

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