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Hello Everyone,

I have a few questions about labeling contours. First of all, is there a standard way to label contours? Then second, what's the best way to label contours in ArcGIS ArcView 9.2? By best, I mean, painless (not necessarily quick, but just painless) and decent looking. I know there must be a better way than using the standard labeling options because those give me labels that are literally all over the map. I have been labeling them by hand at the moment. I've attached a map that I am working on. Any suggestions would be most welcomed!

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Hi there,

Have you checked out this article?

I have gotten significantly better auto-placement using the Maplex Label Engine instead of the Standard Label Engine.

I am not too sure that will get at your problem - but it's a place to start.

You can also look at this PDF and check out this old post on Cartotalk.

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Hi there,

Have you checked out this article?

I have gotten significantly better auto-placement using the Maplex Label Engine instead of the Standard Label Engine.

I am not too sure that will get at your problem - but it's a place to start.

You can also look at this PDF and check out this old post on Cartotalk.


Matthew H picked up the link that I was going to suggest. I've had a lot of good success using article mentioned in that first link.
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Wow - lots of information - all very helpful. THANKS!
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I have a few questions about labeling contours. First of all, is there a standard way to label contours? Then second, what's the best way to label contours in ArcGIS ArcView 9.2?

Note that at ArcGIS 9.3 (which has shipped in most countries), there are specific advances in Maplex for contour labelling, including automatic generation of contour 'ladders' of lined-up labels.

See http://webhelp.esri....beling_contours
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