So, OpenLayers wants to use a single well-known number to describe the ‘Google Projection’ I talked about earlier. 54004/54005/41001 are all ‘well known’ as being a standard Mercator projection. Which is not the Google Projection.
So, in addition to http://spatialreference.org/ref/user/google-projection/ / http://spatialreference.org/ref/user/6/ , we need something we can use in “SRS” in WMS — an EPSG code, such as it was.
In order to pick one that doesn’t conflict.
It’s the ‘Google’ projection — so we picked 900913. (Google. In 1337-speak.)
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