For a paper at university i am trying to create a cataloge for cartographic capacity of different GIS programs, especially open source like QGIS and so on The aim of this is to eventually have a cataloge that says: if you want to produce a (just one example) street map, do not take program A because it is not possible to change lines into representations and thus the overlying of lines can not be manually permitted.
so my Question is: What are criteria for cartographic capabilities? Or maybe it is easier to say: by which criteria can i define how good an openGIS program is for producing maps?
So far i have tried to think about a few criteria and came to these: -what kind and amount of different labels can be created -can classes be created that are assigned to different labels -symbols available -production of a map sheet -what can be done with the legend
I hope these are reasonable but please tell me anyways so far i have only worked with ArcGIS and thus only know about some of its capabilities.
Any answers are highly appreciated
Edit: Okay i´ll try to put it straight for you: I want to find criteria that validate the capabilities of openGIS to produce maps. What do you think are such criteria? What options are required in a GIS program to produce efficient and clearly represented maps? This is as Barret correctly mentioned NOT about knowledge of a certain user, but solely about the capabilities of the program! The above criteria are only a small part of that, so to make clear what i mean.