This is a “wouldn’t it be nice” post– i.e. a I-don’t-have-time-to-write-it-and-everything-else-on-my-list post. Wouldn’t it be nice if in addition to returning GeoRSS, WFS, OGC, KML, etc. GeoServer returned a POV-Ray file? It could be returned as part of a simple GET post like this:
Vector symbolization could be a POV-Ray approximation of the WFS render styles using coordinates and POV primitives. Also, a PHP script could consume this return, and run a command line version of POV to render the file in a webserver implementation. This second part I’ll probably actually write with just a DEM and image overlay, but it would be cool to have the vector symbolization as well as part of another GeoServer protocol. Of course, I recognize this is not a OGC protocol… . Alternatively, a PHP script to consume WKT and convert it to a POV-Ray file might be easier than incorporating it in GeoServer.