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LatLon or LonLat, what's the “right” way to display coordinates and inputs?

I'm trying to get a sense if this is an issue for others or every input/output should be labeled so user is not confused and just go with it? I think almost everyone pronounces it as "LatLon". Who ...
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What are valid values for “data defined” labeling settings?

I'm using QGIS 1.8. I'd like to customize label features on an existing shapefile using the new label engine and it's "data defined settings" option. I'd like to know what the attribute table field ...
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How to create multiline labels in QGIS?

How can I apply Multiline label option in the label property.Name field contains a lengthy name. I want to wrap it. How can I do it? please help me. My QGIS version is 1.8
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How to move labels in QGIS?

I'm trying to manually move labels but having some trouble. I'm trying to move the labels while in edit mode. I've added fields for x coordinate (all null), y coordinate (all null), rotation (all =0), ...
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How to add labels outside of features?

I'm trying to achieve this kind of labeling using QGIS. Apparently, it doesn't seem to be easily supported. Would you have an idea for a workaround ? I managed to have circled text using ...
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How to place elevation numbers on contours with uphill orientation and position?

I want to orient my elevation labels uphill. Is that possible? I'm currently using the labeling tool from QGIS (not that one in layer settings). I want the labels curved and uphill oriented (and I ...
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Is there a way to manually place labels in QGIS?

Is there a way to manually place labels in QGIS? I have a map which has almost-duplicate labels in some places (e.g. E 1st St and 1st St) and I'd like to remove some of them. Also, I'd like to move ...
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How could I label features and convert them to annotations with arcpy?

how could I do the following steps with arcpy: right-click on the layer with the features Label Features Convert Labels to Annotations ... The annotions should be saved in a new shapefile. How ...
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Removing features whose labels are not displayed?

Using ArcMap 10.0, I am working on a map that shows many villages. Each village has a name attribute that I want to use for a label, but in some areas there are so many villages that not all can be ...
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Label points at regular intervals using ArcGIS for Desktop?

I'm working with lines on roads represented by a large number of sequencial points. Since labeling all of them would make the points impossible to identify, I'd like to know if there is a way to label ...
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Can you create labels based on an attribute field in a shapefile with Arcpy?

I was curious if anyone knew how to access the ArcGIS label engine with arcpy? I want to be able to label point features on my map in a python loop.
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Labels not appearing on any layer in ArcMap?

Not sure what the issue is, but I'm unable to get labels to display in ArcMap 10. The obvious things are accounted for (as far as I know). Labels are set in Properties, layers are checked to label in ...
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How to create curved labels in QGIS

I added an image, that explains my demand (see Schiefelsbach river). How can I do this? thanks
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Labeling stacked polygons with different records

I work in Oil and Gas and trying to label leases is a huge pain. In most cases there are multiple polygons of the exact same size and shape stacked on each other with records that represent different ...
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How to accomplish conditional labeling based on map scale and attribute in QGIS 1.7

How can I label with qgis 1.7, based on attribute and scale of map? For example scale>1:1000 then label all those features whose area>100000 at font size 12 and those features whose area<99999 at ...
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How does manual Label Placement in QGIS 1.9 work?

There are a bunch of questions here related to labeling in QGIS, but it's not clear which version they are referring to, and I know this is something that has changed recently. Hopefully it makes ...
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Rendering and Labeling Shapefile with PyQGIS

I've been running into a few problems working with the QGIS API for python. I've gotten more comfortable working in the python console in QGIS but I run into problems when I try to run the code ...
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Attribute Query for First/Last record and every nth inbetween

I have a feature class with over 5000 points. There are too many to label so I would like to be able to grab the first, the last and every 30th or 50th in between.
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When labelling polygons, not all labels are displayed - QGIS 1.7.0

I am trying to create a simple map of Mexico showing the state polygons and their label. The state shapefile is from here, and the specific file is the first one from the top (Áreas Geoestadísticas ...
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How to “Never Remove” labels in Maplex?

The out-of-the-box labeling engine does a fine job with forcing all labels to display despite of overlap. The same cannot be said of Maplex. I have a polygon layer obtained from the Ontario ...
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Is there a way to set a mask(halo) for labels in a python script?

I currently am writing a python script and using a lot of the arcpy mapping module functionality. I have been using the LabelClass of the arcpy mapping module to automate the display of labels with my ...
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Are unicode symbols supported in QGIS labels?

I want to use unicode symbols in a QGIS label - is this supported? I.e. I have this expression for labelling a line: case when xat(-1) - xat(0) > 0 then 'GF ->' else '<- GF' end and ...
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Grid labels in ArcGIS, overlapping issues

I do have 3 grids made by Grids menu in data frame properties. I do need them to display in certain layout and also to behave accordingly to couple of rules (overlapping issues), so I can automate my ...
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Labeling classes for small roads on large extent maps in arcmap with sql statement

I have many small sub divisions that won't label nice, (lot of overlapping) unreadable. While using the bullet leader symbol. What would be the best statement that would place the labels in a clear ...
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How to prevent automatic new line when labeling point feature class?

I have a point feature class that I am labelling with the string "EXIT" for a majority of points, but some points will be longer, such as "EXIT into Pacific". I wrote a labeling script that will ...
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Idiots guide to expressions for QGIS

I have no formal training in GIS and have learned on the fly with ArcGIS 9.3 at work and have been dabbling with QGIS on my own time for my business. Is there any resource recommendations ingeneral ...
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How to use label classes, expressions, and annotations?

I've always found that when it comes to python, vector analysis, QGIS gives ArcGIS a run for its money, hell some of the qgis plugins exceed ArcGIS's performance by a few hours; however, I always have ...
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Are there any cartography “rules” you should follow when labeling maps?

We've all seen poorly labeled maps before. In these maps, the wording is either illegible or unpleasant to view due to positioning, color choice or size, or the labels take up so much map space that ...
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How to only show labels for an arbitrary selection of items?

I'm curious how others go about solving this problem: You've created a map for something with a large number of features that are labeled. The customer/client asks that you only show labels for X, Y ...
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How is the default label field chosen by ArcMap?

I have 2 questions: I know how to manually go to Layer Properties>Labels tab>Label Field and choose my label field. I also know that I could set up my primary label field and save the setting as a ...
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Which labelling tool/engine in QGIS will be supported in the long term?

Why does QGIS appear to have two labelling tools? (Note this is not new and old symbology, but that...) there are two different GUIs, one in the toolbar (which gives the Data Defined Settings option) ...
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How to create vertical labels in QGIS?

How to create vertical labels (each label in new line) like: 1998 150 pipe name and not horizontal: 1998 150 pipe name
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Labels aren't showing up when I convert from .mxd to .kml

I've been trying to convert a map from .mxd to .kml for google earth. The map has municipalities labeled as well as train stations. When I save it and open it in Google Earth, only the train station ...
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Customizing label features using arcpy

I have a script that creates symbology for a polyline (contours) and then adds it to a .mxd file. My problem is that it picks the “FontName” as the default field to label on the map (see attached ...
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Mapserver: labels and tiles

I'm developing map with Mapserver to be rendered in tiles and testing output with Ka-map. Most of the time labels split on two tiles are matching, but sometimes they're not. I configured Ka-Map like ...
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Label *beside* polygons in ArcMap 10?

I try to add labels to polygons in ArcMap 10 based on a field in the corresponding attribute table. However, the labels always appear inside the polygon, and I can't find an option that lets me put ...
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different labels at various scales

I have a locality layer of neighborhoods and suburbs from a spatialite database. How do I label this single layer with the neighborhood name at a lower scales, but as I zoom out, I would like the town ...
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How to show labels depending on the zoom scale and save it forever in one project?

I have got a problem in showing labels for a polygon layer : When I select "Show labels" in the layer's properties, then I select that I want to use the scaling to show or not my labels and I ...
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ArcObjects add halo to label

I would like to add a white halo to labels using arcobjects. I think I need to reference the IFormattedTextSymbol interface, but I'm not sure how to implement this into my current code (see below). ...
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Labeling dilemma

How would you label this map logically? I will preempt the question, with the statement it is for a fire truck, so we really have to worry about seeing the address numbers at 3 am with one contact in. ...
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Changing font size, when using the Easy Custom Labeling plugin?

I’m using the Easy Custom Labeling plugin. Useful plugin, but when I want to change the font size with the Layer Labeling Settings. Nothing changes, I can only change font size manually for each ...
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Automate converting labels to annotation in ArcMap at multiple scales?

I need to be able to convert labels to Annotation feature classes at multiple scale levels for both address and street data. Similar in concept to generating tiled layers for a web service, I have 5 ...
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ArcGIS Labeling Expression when truncation needed to fit in some polygons? [closed]

What would be the expression coding for if the address is 14802. But if the whole address cannot fit inside the building dimessions, then it should be truncated to the last two digits - 02. I am ...
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How to Label Field With Multiple Selected Values?

I have a shape named "Subdistrict" and it shown on Attribut Table like this : No | subd | village 1 | town1 | v1 2 | town1 | v2 3 | town1 | v3 4 | town2 | v4 5 | town2 | v5 6 | town2 | ...
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Contours: Interrupt contour lines beneath a elevation number

Is there a way to interrupt a contour line beneath a elevation number? Thanks!
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ArcMap 10: How do I escape certain characters when labeling?

I am labeling certain Oil & Gas areas by Operator in ArcMap 10, using this expression: "" & [OPERATOR] & "" & vbNewline & "" & [UNIT_NAME] & "" The only problem is ...
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Do Label Expressions Slow Down Drawing Speed?

Further to my earlier question about using different fonts on the same PC, I am wondering if label expressions would slow down drawing speed for a MXD? Here is my label expression: def FindLabel ( ...
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Halo use background color

As you see on the attached image, I labeled contour lines on the map (in meter). Which function will allow the "halo" to take the background color of the map? On the image, the halo is greenish which ...
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Is there an advanced way to label in ArcMap so that the label will not be dropped?

Is there an advanced way to label in ArcMap so that the label will not be dropped?
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Multiple labels for 1 point

I have map points for schools in a district. I want to label the map ID and the name of the school on the map. I have the map ID labeled within the point symbol but I want the school name outside of ...