I just started doing some ORM development and I'm using kosmtik. While I
like it, it's sometimes hard to figure out where you are or more
appropriately, where you are trying to go.
Some areas I can recognize by geography: single lines on peninsulas, major
rail hubs like Chicago or Kansas City, by shape/lines once you know the
area, etc. I can also get a permalink from ORM and put the coordinates
into the url for kosmtik.
However, I was wondering if there was a way to get the ORM background
(Mapnik Grayscale) or similar to display behind the renderings from the MML
file. There seems to be quite a few additional plugins for kosmtik but
it's a bit confusing as to what they do or how they work. I've seen ones
that will render side by side or over but not under. Not sure if I'd fully
need to render the "world" or if the grayscale tiles could be pulled in
from an existing tileserver.
Also, did anyone have any luck working with two sessions of kosmtik? I can
run a second .mml and specify a different port number, but sometimes, the
browser, seeing the same url (despite differing port numbers), caches the
tiles and requires a hard refresh to get the correct view. I could
probably play around with running the mml files out of a different folder
or symlinking them.