GEOG 863
GIS Mashups for Geospatial Professionals

5.5.1 Example 1: Simple Text

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Starting with just a basic popup, have a look at this example based on the Jen & Barry’s cities data.

Lines 19-35 create a JavaScript object that is later used to set the FeatureLayer’s popupTemplate property. title and content are two properties that you will almost certainly want to set in any context. The title is the text that will appear at the top of the window in bold print. The content is what will appear in the body of the window. Note in the example that both of the strings used to set these properties contain field names enclosed in braces. This is the syntax used for plugging in values from the layer’s attribute table. Also note that the content string can contain HTML.

While the popups would work with just the title and content set, the example also sets the fieldInfos property, which is used to format number and date field values. Here, the property is set to an array of two objects. The POPULATION field has its digitSeparator set to true, which adds a separator (e.g., a comma in the U.S., a period in the U.K.) for numbers in the thousands or greater. It also has its places property set to 0 to avoid showing digits after the decimal point. The CRIME_INDE field has its places set to 2 to round its values to the nearest hundredth.

The last important point to note in the example is the setting of the FeatureLayer’s outFields property. This property, set using an array, specifies which fields from the attribute table should be included in the data sent from the server to the client. In this case, the array ["*"] specifies that all fields be included. This is OK when you’re dealing with a small dataset as in this case. For larger datasets, you can improve your map’s load time by limiting the outFields to just the fields needed.