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OpenLayers 3.x Cookbook - Second Edition

By : Peter J. Langley, Antonio Santiago Perez
Book Image

OpenLayers 3.x Cookbook - Second Edition

By: Peter J. Langley, Antonio Santiago Perez

Overview of this book

OpenLayers 3 is one of the most important and complete open source JavaScript mapping libraries today. Throughout this book, you will go through recipes that expose various features of OpenLayers 3, allowing you to gain an insight into building complex GIS web applications. You will get to grips with the basics of creating a map with common functionality and quickly advance to more complicated solutions that address modern challenges. You will explore into maps, raster and vector layers, and styling in depth. This book also includes problem solving and how-to recipes for the most common and important tasks.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)
OpenLayers 3.x Cookbook Second Edition
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Changing layer opacity

When you are working with many layers, both raster and vector layers, you will probably find situations where a layer that is on top of another layer obscures the one below it. This is more common when working with raster WMS layers without the transparent property set to true or tiled layers, such as OpenStreetMaps, and Bing Maps.

In this recipe, we'll create a slider that updates the layer opacity of the topmost layer, revealing a layer underneath as the opacity is lowered. The source code can be found in ch02/ch02-layer-opacity/. Here's a screenshot showing the layer opacity at 60%:

How to do it…

We used jQuery UI to create the slider widget. Here are the steps to create this recipe:

  1. Create an HTML file adding the required OpenLayers dependencies, as well as jQuery UI and dependencies. In particular, here's the markup for the map and opacity panels:

    <div id="js-map" class="map"></div>
    <div class="pane">
      <h1>Layer opacity</h1>
      <p id...