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Hey there everyone,

I am creating a series of maps for local parks in my area. These maps are designed to print onto an 8.5x11 single sheet of paper. As economic times are tough the parks department wants to place these on their website so the public can print them at their own cost. Eventually I hope they are turned into something more like a typical fold out park map. In the mean time this is what I am working on.

One of the requirements for these maps is for them to be ADA friendly. I am wondering if any of you know of some outstanding maps out there that depict specific features or trails that are ADA compliant. Are there any disabled folks on this forum that have suggestions of things that would make a map more friendly to their specific needs as well? Also if there is a specific boiler plate one would use for liability of these ADA features. Once again these maps are on a single sheet of 8.5x11 paper and there is very little white space if any at times. Any suggestions would be great.

Also on a different note I am curious to what you all think of labels for water features. I know they are to be italicized but what of the color. Do they have to be blue? Many people tell me this is the case but I am not a fan of this “rule.” What are your thoughts on this?

Thanks for the feedback and happy mapping to you all!

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Hey there everyone,

I am creating a series of maps for local parks in my area. These maps are designed to print onto an 8.5x11 single sheet of paper. As economic times are tough the parks department wants to place these on their website so the public can print them at their own cost. Eventually I hope they are turned into something more like a typical fold out park map. In the mean time this is what I am working on.

One of the requirements for these maps is for them to be ADA friendly. I am wondering if any of you know of some outstanding maps out there that depict specific features or trails that are ADA compliant. Are there any disabled folks on this forum that have suggestions of things that would make a map more friendly to their specific needs as well? Also if there is a specific boiler plate one would use for liability of these ADA features. Once again these maps are on a single sheet of 8.5x11 paper and there is very little white space if any at times. Any suggestions would be great.

Also on a different note I am curious to what you all think of labels for water features. I know they are to be italicized but what of the color. Do they have to be blue? Many people tell me this is the case but I am not a fan of this “rule.” What are your thoughts on this?

Thanks for the feedback and happy mapping to you all!


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Hi, I am myself a hearing impaired and no I have not seen any maps that related to that but have you goggled it on the internet ? I think that 8.5 x 11 paper is too little to read especially for those who are visually impaired people.

Here's the website of the ADA: http://www.ada.gov/websites2.htm

I ran goggled on it and don't find any. I will need to check with my friend from the New Mexico for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission about that one. This will be an interesting question to ask.

Maybe someone out there who work in the local government might have an answer to that question, I hope ! I will try and gather some information for you if you like.

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For the sake of the many CartoTalk readers who are not American -- and there are many -- the acronym ADA stands for "Americans with Disabilities Act".
Please folks -- use acronyms with caution on an international forum such as this.

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For the sake of the many CartoTalk readers who are not American -- and there are many -- the acronym ADA stands for "Americans with Disabilities Act".
Please folks -- use acronyms with caution on an international forum such as this.

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There is a website that might useful. This one is from Saint Mary College from Indiana.
Check this out http://www3.saintmar...p-accessibility

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Thanks so far for the replies so far.

To narrow down what I am looking for here is an example of a map that is close to something I am working on minus the shaded relief. Once again my maps are going to be on 8.5x11 paper and that is not going to change per the boss man. What I’m wanting are some good examples of how others have labeled ADA features as well as any boiler plate in regards to liability. These maps will fall under The Americans with Disabilities Act Title II. I realize I could just use the typical blue symbol with a wheelchair or something like that. What I would like to know is anyone has seen anything besides this that they like.

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Sorry for the bad link... try again

that should work if not its the NPS FOR lassen in California.

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One thing to consider when developing a map that "anybody on the web" can print for themselves is that many people will not have color printers, and even those that do are going to be of widely varying quality. The printers, that is, not the people :P
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Okay folks, here is the next edition of this topic...

I have completed a series of maps that will be posted as .pdf on our website. This is a govt agency so the .pdf's must be ADA friendly. The maps were originally created in ai and converted to pdf. Once I have the maps in .pdf form I am trying to apply the alt-tags needed to make the .pdf's ADA friendly. However, it is at this point I run into problems. I'm using Acrobat Pro to apply the alt-tags and when I do this the layering I created in ai gets distorted in the .pdf. Also if I applied an effect such as an inner glow or feather to an object the coloring is altered considerably. I hope that explains this well enough. If you have had this problem you know what I am talking about.

Has anyone else dealt with this and if so what did you do to overcome it? <_<

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The maps need to reflect ADA compliant park features, or the map itself needs to be ADA compliant? If the latter, what does that mean? How is a PDF map made more accessible to a person with a disability?

On the water feature label issue I usually do an italicized type in the same blue as the feature if the label is outside the water feature (lake type next to lake or river type along river path). If inside the feature I may do a darker blue, black or knock out (white). Water features are usually the one map feature I label with a different font than the rest of the map, all other labels being in differing style of the same font.

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Thanks for the input on your style with water features David.

To clarify: Originally I was looking for comments on making the content of the map ADA compliant. Moving forward, now I am looking for help on making the .pdf ADA compliant. As stated before when I add the alt-tags to the .pdf Acrobat Pro creates some interesting results. It will shift around the layers, and mess with the colors of objects with some sort of added effect such as a feather or a inner glow. Thanks again for the help!

As for making a .pdf map more ADA compliant and what that means, that is a tough one. If it were a text document that would be one thing but a map is more than text. Ideally what I would like is to create one alt-tag for the entire page. However, it's easier said than done as this is a vector based object and not one solid raster. Give it a try if you have the software and see.




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