From my understanding, standards such as WMS, TMS etc are mainly used to fetch raster layers from a map server.

What are the popular options for serving vector layers? Can it be tiled or not tiled as well?

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    I'd like to solve: Questions with lack of research, 300: The answer is: WFS.
    – Erik
    May 18 at 12:28
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    Don't confuse fetch and serve. It is very common to fetch vector data and to serve it as an image via WMS
    – JGH
    May 18 at 13:57

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WFS. Web Feature Service would be the vector equivalent of WMS.

For tiles vectors there is vector tiles, which can be served through TMS. For example with GeoServer: https://docs.geoserver.org/latest/en/user/extensions/vectortiles/tutorial.html

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    Vector tiles can be served through a WMS too, for example MapServer can do this
    – nmtoken
    May 18 at 14:44
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    WFS is really the equivalent of WCS, both provide downloads of data. WMS allows for viewing and querying of data but doesn't provide access; source data can be vector or raster
    – nmtoken
    May 18 at 14:49

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