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Am I correct in saying that the ArcGIS layer format for styling maps (*.lyr) is not an OGC approved format? And this is the reason that QGIS cannot read the *.lyr files?

  • You are not correct in thinking that QGIS only supports OGC styling formats. – nmtoken Dec 13 '16 at 10:28
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The .lyr format is a closed ESRI only format. It has not been reversed engineered. If it was, we could add support in theory but I suspect it would be an expensive task.

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