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"This is my first map for the web.

I would apprciate any comment on size, clarity, resolution, et ceter.
It will be the base map for and image map with links from both the text and map markers.

The gif, png and AI files are [url="http://"http://mbreiding.us/fl_web_map/"]here.[/url]

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"Mike,
on first glance, the base map looks good but some design issues come
up. Is there a reason that the lists under each category are not in
numerical order? Also, I would think it is a little confusing to have 4
differently colored ""1"" icons on the map. Maybe use a suffix, for
instance R for River, SP for State Park, F for Federal Land, etc... and
use R1, R2, SP1, SP2...

As far as the map goes, what is that
blue thing south of Sebring? If a lake, I would not make it
transparent. If a boundary, I would not fill it.

Just my two cents! "

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"Mike,

One
thing I noticed: Your color palette for those different numeric
identifiers uses a scheme that will make it very tough on people who
have red/green color-blindness deficiencies (particularly with the
Deuteranope deficiency). To simulate what I am talking about, try
running that graphic through the color-blindness simulator at: [url="http://"http://www.vischeck.com/vischeck/vischeckImage.php"]VisCheck[/url]

The
other recommendation I might have is to have the legend text be ""text""
and not part of the graphic, if at all possible. That way, the size of
the type would likely be larger and/or controlled by a user's display
settings more than the pixel dimensions you have specified for the
graphic.

Just a couple thoughts. Hope that helps!

Derek "
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Mike,

I
think I would simplify the numbering and still use the colors, such
that rivers are 1-2 (blue), and State Parks would be 3-17 (brown), etc.

Also why are some in the list ALL CAPS while others are mixed case?

Nice Map!

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Hi! Looks good. Here are a few more comments:
* Does the county boundaries really need to be there? Wouldn't major highways be more relevant?
*
I would try to think up some way to make the map look a little more
interesting - it gets the job done, but it looks a bit plain
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I'm going to echo a few comments here, like lists in numerical order and all caps in some cases.

It looks as though your county boundaries and coastline don't match up fully east of Pensacola.

As
for the symbology, the very first thing I noticed (looking at the PNG,
so it may be a conversion issue) is that not all the symbols have the
same size. Look at the 1 and 2 south of Tallahassee for example. Have
you considered using different shaped symbols, as well as different
colors?

What's the title of this map? What are you showing?


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"

I'm going to echo a few comments here, like lists in numerical order and all caps in some cases.

It looks as though your county boundaries and coastline don't match up fully east of Pensacola.

As 
for the symbology, the very first thing I noticed (looking at the PNG, 
so it may be a conversion issue) is that not all the symbols have the 
same size. Look at the 1 and 2 south of Tallahassee for example. Have 
you considered using different shaped symbols, as well as different 
colors?

What's the title of this map? What are you showing?

http://


Greetings,
It
is obvious to me I jumped the gun on posting this map - it is not
finished and I did not provide enough info about it's intended use..

The map will be used as a locator map for places I visited while on vacation this past January.
The Title and other info will be added to the web page when the image is placed.

I
am not too concerned about map accuracy as it related to coastline/
county boundaries. The map is meant only to give the user a general
idea of the location of specific areas of Florida where I travelled.
The map data was packaged with ArvView 3.1 and used ""as is"" for this project.

The symbols do need some work and I am cogitating on that.

Thanks for the input.
-Mike



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Hi! Looks good. Here are a few more comments:
* Does the county boundaries really need to be there? Wouldn't major highways be more relevant?

I would try to think up some way to make the map look a little more 
interesting - it gets the job done, but it looks a bit plain

http://


Howdy,

I went back and forth between county boundaries and roads.
The
map became a jumbled mess with the interstates and shields as well as
the cities and markers, even without the county boundaries.

I
feel anyone with a real interest in more specific info can use my
locator map to refer to a *real* map - like I Florida highway map to
find the exact locations of the parks, etc. Mine is obviously intended
to be very general.

Too me, plain is OK. I wanted to keep the map simple and also control the file size.


Thanks,
-Mike
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Mike,


think I would simplify the numbering and still use the colors, such 
that rivers are 1-2 (blue), and  State Parks would be 3-17 
(brown), etc.

Also why are some in the list ALL CAPS while others are mixed case?

Nice Map!

http://



I like the idea of sequential numbering across all localities and will switch to that.

The ALL CAPS items are my TO DO list.
I
was really just trying to get input on the map , not the text - it is
still in a state of flux. But I did not articulate that. However, I
have received good ideas for both.

Thanks!
-Mike "

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Mike,

One 
thing I noticed: Your color palette for those different numeric 
identifiers uses a scheme that will make it very tough on people who 
have red/green color-blindness deficiencies (particularly with the 
Deuteranope deficiency).  To simulate what I am talking about, try 
running that graphic through the color-blindness simulator at: VisCheck

The 
other recommendation I might have is to have the legend text be ""text"" 
and not part of the graphic, if at all possible.  That way, the 
size of the type would likely be larger and/or controlled by a user's 
display settings more than the pixel dimensions you have specified for 
the graphic. 

Just a couple thoughts.  Hope that helps!

Derek

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Hi Derek,
I will have to look into the color scheme as it relates to Deuteranope deficiency.
Of course, I had not even though about this issue.

I
decided to incorporate the text into the graphic after having no luck
in keeping text placement stable across various browsers of various
versions with markup and CSS. I was ready to tear my hair out!

I checked the graphics text at various resolutions and think it will be OK for the vast majority viewers.

Thanks for the input.
-Mike







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"

Mike, 
on first glance, the base map looks good but some design issues come 
up. Is there a reason that the lists under each category are not in 
numerical order? Also, I would think it is a little confusing to have 4 
differently colored ""1"" icons on the map. Maybe use a suffix, for 
instance R for River, SP for State Park, F for Federal Land, etc... and 
use R1, R2, SP1, SP2...

As far as the map goes, what is that 
blue thing south of Sebring? If a lake, I would not make it 
transparent. If a boundary, I would not fill it.

Just my two cents!

http://


I agree completely with your comments about the numbering of markers. This was brought up elsewhere.
I
like the idea of ""R1"" ""SP12"" etc, but I think this will make the
markers too large. Especially for locations like the Gaineville area
where they are heavily clustered.

The blue thing is good old
Lake Okeechobee. I made it transparent so as not to obscure the county
boundaries. Probably pointless after further thought.

Thanks to everyone for the input!!
-Mike







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