Create an SlaMap


This function creates a new SlaMap and optionally initialises its attributes.

An SlaMap is a specialised form of Mapping which can be used to represent a sequence of conversions between standard celestial (longitude, latitude) coordinate systems.

When an SlaMap is first created, it simply performs a unit (null) Mapping on a pair of coordinates. Using the astSlaAdd function, a series of coordinate conversion steps may then be added, selected from those provided by the SLALIB Positional Astronomy Library (Starlink User Note SUN/67). This allows multi-step conversions between a variety of celestial coordinate systems to be assembled out of the building blocks provided by SLALIB.

For details of the individual coordinate conversions available, see the description of the astSlaAdd function.


AstSlaMap astSlaMap( int flags, const char options, ... )


This parameter is reserved for future use and should currently always be set to zero.
Pointer to a null-terminated string containing an optional comma-separated list of attribute assignments to be used for initialising the new SlaMap. The syntax used is identical to that for the astSet function and may include " printf" format specifiers identified by " %" symbols in the normal way. If no initialisation is required, a zero-length string may be supplied.
If the " options" string contains " %" format specifiers, then an optional list of additional arguments may follow it in order to supply values to be substituted for these specifiers. The rules for supplying these are identical to those for the astSet function (and for the C " printf" function).

Returned Value

A pointer to the new SlaMap.