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Offline JaxWeather

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Updated MML and using a Radar Image
« on: October 30, 2005, 04:21:21 PM »
I have been tweaking my MML maps and settings in the last day or so, using more topo maps and also took one topo map and added some text highlights to it.   I also tweaked my radar Image MML Map, which has been a subject in the past about using a .gif image for WDL or MML due to Flash image limitations.

If you visit here:
http://jaxweather.net/mml/

Maps in order:
US Southeast - Updated the border colors
State of FL
United States #1 - Updated to better looking (IMHO) Topo map
United States #2 - Both display WD only Stations and is now two maps to try and reduce overlapping and add more than 50 total
Jacksonville Metro - Updated to a Topo map, added text overlays
NE Florida Radar - Using the http download to grab image and then creating a custom screen including the image as the background, setting that as a .jpg and then calling the resulting custom screen as the map for this one :)... 
Caribbean Region - No changes but keep checking for any new stations as this is very useful in watching the Storms move through...

Anyway, I wanted to update what I was doing as well as point out a way to use a .gif map for MML :)

Enjoy,
Bob

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Re: Updated MML and using a Radar Image
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2005, 09:42:03 PM »
Great setup Bob. I like the topographical maps. The orthography in conjuction with the MML data helps to assess the reason for rainfall patterns in some of the locations.

John
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Re: Updated MML and using a Radar Image
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2005, 07:28:40 PM »
Hi Bob
Nice site!!!
Do you Know of a way to edit the ".xml" other than the trial and error method?
All-so on the "wdl" is there a way to link to your "mml" from the mml button?


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Re: Updated MML and using a Radar Image
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2005, 08:02:09 PM »
For me as far as making changes to the .xml file...  Try, try and try again LOL

Yes you can link to your Stand Alone MML from WDL with these two tags (between your <mml> </mml> tags) ...

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<fullVersionUrl>http://JaxWeather.net/mml/</fullVersionUrl>
<fullVersionLabel>MesoMaps</fullVersionLabel>

That places a button on your MML map in WDL that has the same Text as the second tag above has...

You can see if from my WDL:
http://jaxweather.net/flash/

Click the MesoMap button in WDL and then you will see a second button under the MML Lite Map...

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Re: Updated MML and using a Radar Image
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2005, 08:36:27 PM »
Do you Know of a way to edit the ".xml" other than the trial and error method?

It's the only way at the moment but using the standalone exe version is probably quickest.

One day I'll have the time to write an application with a graphical interface to generate the xml file...

Julian

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Re: Updated MML and using a Radar Image
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2005, 10:43:42 PM »
Yes you can link to your Stand Alone MML from WDL with these two tags (between your <mml> </mml> tags) ...

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<fullVersionUrl>http://JaxWeather.net/mml/</fullVersionUrl>
<fullVersionLabel>MesoMaps</fullVersionLabel>

That places a button on your MML map in WDL that has the same Text as the second tag above has...
Useful info Bob. Spent all morning attempting to set up a link to full mml and lost my WDL index from the data folder ( it was replaced by MML index file). Two hours later got it back - I'm still a bit clueless with entering these files etc.
Will hopefully try your method tomorrow.
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Re: Updated MML and using a Radar Image
« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2005, 11:21:52 PM »
Do you Know of a way to edit the ".xml" other than the trial and error method?

This set me thinking and I found a neat little XML editor which is freeware at http://www.iol.ie/~pxe/. The neat thing about this is that it shows a tree view and you can select something to edit and change it and it will sort out the tags and ensure you dont mess up the start/end tags etc. Obviously you will need to have the config guide open to tell you what values are valid but at least it will keep the structure correct. Note that your config file will not validate using that option but dont worry about that ignore it since it works fine in MML or WDL.

Stuart

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Re: Updated MML and using a Radar Image
« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2005, 11:24:02 PM »
Hi again,

In your WDL Config file you have...

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<mml>

<map>
<number>1</number>
<url>scotland.jpg</url>
</map>
<auto>5</auto>
<slideBar>0</slideBar>
<windOffsetx>12</windOffsetx>
<windOffsety>12</windOffsety>
<windAnimated>1</windAnimated>
<windSize>100</windSize>
<tempOffsetx>12</tempOffsetx>
<tempOffsety>12</tempOffsety>
<tempSize>100</tempSize>
<iconOffsetx>12</iconOffsetx>
<iconOffsety>12</iconOffsety>
<iconSize>100</iconSize>
<stationColour/>
<stationHighlight/>
<fineAlignx>0</fineAlignx>
<fineAligny>0</fineAligny>
<userName>kojack</userName>
<fullVersionUrl/>
<fullVersionLabel/>
</mml>

Simply change these two tags to:
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<fullVersionUrl>www.marykirkweather.co.uk/mml.html</fullVersionURL>
<fullVersionLabel>More MesoMaps<fullVersionLabel>

The address would be the actual file name you have MML at...

Note you can also edit the html file for WD to contain a link back to your main weather site just like any other html file...

Just modify the HTML of your data/index.html above  <OBJECT> or below the </OBJECT> tags...

-Bob

Offline JaxWeather

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Re: Updated MML and using a Radar Image
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2005, 11:37:23 PM »
This set me thinking and I found a neat little XML editor which is freeware at http://www.iol.ie/~pxe/.

Stuart,

I assumed they were asking in regards to positioning of the flash elements, the x's and y's...

I don't believe an editor would assist with that...

-Bob

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Re: Updated MML and using a Radar Image
« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2005, 12:16:06 AM »
I assumed they were asking in regards to positioning of the flash elements, the x's and y's...

I don't believe an editor would assist with that...

True, but it's still a good tip as it's easy to make a mistake when manually editing xml files.

Julian

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Re: Updated MML and using a Radar Image
« Reply #10 on: November 28, 2005, 04:14:13 AM »
Thanks Bob the mml config worked #-o that you suggested.
yes Julian I was asking about the X and Y positions. I am just really careful when I make changes to the xml, i just keep a back-up.

I have another question I should probably post it somewhere else.
I'm a surveyor on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge project in the Puget sound of Washington State.
I need a Forecast of the Winds at the 200' and 500'+- elevations. we are in the process of spinning the main cables now and it is important to know what's coming up wind wise.
 They shut the towercranes and construction elevators down at 40 mph.
I would like to just put a link or .jpg on my weather web site. for the superintendents to click on.
Does any one know of one?

thanks Just A hobbie
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Re: Updated MML and using a Radar Image
« Reply #12 on: November 28, 2005, 04:31:42 AM »
Hey Thanks Windy :x
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