This topic explains the properties available when using a system-generated capabilities file for WFS services. See Using external capabilities files with WFS services to learn more about defining WFS metadata by using an external capabilities file.
Accessing WFS service properties
The following topics include full instructions on how to access the properties for WFS services:
WFS service properties
The following table lists the properties available for WFS services and a description of each:
The name of the map or geodata service that was used to create the WFS service. This property is automatically populated by ArcGIS Server and should not be modified.
A readable title to briefly identify the WFS service, for example:
Eagle nesting locations in Marion County
A narrative description that provides additional information about the WFS service, for example:
WFS service maintained by Acme Corporation. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. High-quality map showing eagle nests and possible nesting locations.
A list of keywords or keyword phrases describing the WFS service that aid in catalog searching, for example:
map, bird, eagle, nest, site
The OGC service type, for example:
The version of the OGC service type, for example:
Text describing the fees imposed when accessing the WFS service, for example:
Text describing the restrictions and legal prerequisites for accessing and using the WFS service, for example:
For internal use only. Do not distribute.
The name of the WFS service provider, for example:
A link to a site with information about the WFS service provider, for example:
The primary contact person for the WFS service, for example:
The position of the contact person for the WFS service, for example:
The telephone number where the primary contact person for the WFS service can be reached, for example:
+1 909 793-2853
The fax number where the primary contact person for the WFS service can be reached, for example:
+1 123 456-7890
The address of the WFS service provider, for example:
380 New York Street
The city in which the WFS service provider resides, for example:
The administrative area in which the WFS service provider resides, for example:
The postal code in which the WFS service provider resides, for example:
The country in which the WFS service provider resides, for example:
The email address where the primary contact person for the WFS service can be reached, for example:
The OnlineResource property lists the URL of the WFS service. It is necessary for a WFS client to communicate correctly with your WFS service. This property is automatically populated by ArcGIS Server and should not be modified.
The hours in which the primary contact is available to service requests, for example:
Special instructions that should be considered before contacting the WFS service primary contact, for example:
Send email to John for normal requests, call John for emergency requests.
Function performed by the party responsible for the WFS service, for example:
The WFS namespace property is used to discriminate XML vocabularies from one another. This property is automatically populated by ArcGIS Server and should not be modified.
The WFS namespace prefix is a unique property that is used in the response of a WFS GetFeatureRequest. This property is automatically populated by ArcGIS Server and should not be modified.
Path or URL to stored query file
A stored query file is an XML file that maintains a list of publisher-authored stored queries relevant to a particular service. Place the stored query file in a folder accessible to the web. Then, specify the location of the file in ArcGIS Server Manager or ArcGIS Desktop. For full instructions, see Configuring a WFS service to use stored queries.
The Enable Transactions check box is used to allow edits to be applied through WFS-T. See Web editing with WFS services for more information.
Enable feature locking
When a WFS client connects to a WFS service that has been published with transactions enabled, the edited features and rows can be locked on the server by selecting the Enable feature locking property. See Web editing with WFS services for more information.
This property is only applicable for WFS Geodata services.
Enable maximum number of features
This property allows you to specify how many features can be returned by the server to a WFS client for any given query operation. When this option is unchecked, the maximum number returned cannot exceed 1,000 features.
Maximum number of features
If you want to increase or decrease the maximum number of features returned, check the Enable maximum number of features property and specify a specific number of features in the Maximum number of features field. Keep in mind that specifying a large number of features to be returned by the server can slow the performance of client applications and your GIS server.
Force axis order for WFS 1.0.0, 1.1.0, 2.0.0
Features returned in some geographic coordinate systems (for example, WGS 84) have an axis order of latitude, longitude (y,x) by default. This is in compliance with the WFS 1.0.0, 1.1.0, and 2.0.0 specifications.
Some WFS clients expect the coordinates to be returned with an axis order of longitude, latitude (x,y). To work with these clients, you can set the axis order for the WFS service to be longitude, latitude. Note that the axis order property only applies to features with geographic coordinates. Features with projected coordinates are always returned with an x,y axis order.
In 10.0 and earlier versions, you could set a property to include the fully qualified name type for WFS services defined from enterprise geodatabases. For example, the type name for a feature class named bob.buildings would be buildings by default. At 10.1 and later versions, WFS services always include the fully qualified name type.
Special characters in service properties
The following characters cannot be included in any of the service properties: &, <, >, ", '. If you need to use one of these characters, you must substitute the appropriate escape sequence from the table below: