I am currently experimenting with several different mapserver programs for creating an internet mapping application.
In all of these programs it seems that i have to apply the formatting (i.e. background colours, road colours etc) to my map file before i serve it to the user. I am not talking about adding new features to the map and saving these, just saving the formatting of the existing lines and shapes (i.e. line colour, fill colour)
Being as the formatting will be the same every time i serve the map, is it possible to edit the maps in some map making software and save the formatting in the map file rather than wasting time formatting it every time it is accessed?
Thanks very much for your help