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comment How to avoid labeling features if overlapped by another layer?
While I wasn't working with a DB layer directly, this solution made the most sense to me, as it did not require editing the geometry of the initial data sources (other than loading them into the DB). This is a great example of thinking outside the box of shapefiles and application limitations, and finding a creative solution to the problem by combining both application and DB logic.
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comment How to avoid labeling features if overlapped by another layer?
Thanks, the plugin sounds promising, so I will give it a try.
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comment How to avoid labeling features if overlapped by another layer?
You make a valid point that I could create a new dataset (which would be easy to do in this case... just erase out the line features under polygons), doubling up datasets doesn't sound too appealing or manageable, unless you use a database-driven method like @Richard Law mentioned.
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comment How to avoid labeling features if overlapped by another layer?
These were shapefiles, but your idea of moving to PostGIS and managing the data issues on the fly is a really good one. I would suggest you move your comment to an Answer, since I could make a pretty valid argument that this is a good resolution.
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comment How to avoid labeling features if overlapped by another layer?
No, you were definitely on the right track. I played around with the weights (high weight on lake polygons + "minimize placing labels over the features interior, low weight on rivers) and got closer, but never really got to the point where the river labels were not on the lake. The issue appears to be associated with lines that are both inside and outside of the polygon.
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comment How to avoid labeling features if overlapped by another layer?
Thanks. I was looking for something like that, and had not noticed that drop-down option before. However, I would say this was only moderately successful. 1) It only "kind-of-sort-of" discouraged labels from the River layer (they still show up in within the lake, but less-so), and 2) now I don't have my Lake name labels :( I have also tried setting the River labels > Obstacles "Discourage labels from covering features" (no success) and setting weights Low & High (no success), and setting Placement > Priority = Low & High (no success).
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