I am using Qgis 2.16 version .I have some basemap data but when I load it in the text layer (I can’t remember what its called but you should be able to see road names, house numbers etc) has an “orientation” field however I if I apply that field as an angle setting for the text it doesn’t align to roads, house orientation etc.

I guess because these are orientation values rather than angle values from 1-360 degrees?
the crs used is EPSG 27700 .

Can anyone help me to do anything with it to get it to render correctly?

What i need is not the alignment. i need to rotate the label according to the orientation. when i am using the orienation field for rotation. The label is not properly rendered. I am attaching the screen shot for your reference enter image description here

I am attaching the screenshot of my attribute data for your reference. Im unable to attach the screenshot in comments that is y i am attaching here. please check and help me to sort outenter image description here

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    What software are you using?
    – nwduncan
    Sep 22, 2016 at 3:45
  • Im using Qgis 2.16 version. CRS is EPSG 27700 british grid.
    – user23288
    Sep 22, 2016 at 5:27
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  • Do you know what is the unit of your rotation field?
    – Victor
    Sep 28, 2016 at 8:52
  • I don't know which dataset the screenshots are from but some of the OS data uses tenths of a degree as its orientation information (Page 15 here: digimap.edina.ac.uk/webhelp/os/data_files/os_manuals/…) Sep 28, 2016 at 9:14

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In order to align text on lines, you don't need to specify an orientation field. Labelling options already include the possibility to orientate labels on lines (above - on - below). enter image description here

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    Where is your screenshot? Edit your post and add it. To me, alignment means rotation (see the screenshot in my answer: the label 2000 is rotated, no?).
    – wiltomap
    Sep 22, 2016 at 8:47
  • see my screen shot. when I am assigning the orientation field for the rotation. its not properly rotated. hope u understand. thanks
    – user23288
    Sep 22, 2016 at 9:11

Try this for your text rotation value: 180-("orientatio"/10)

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