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"Greetings,
These [url="http://"http://mbreiding.us/fl_web_map/"]draft maps[/url] contain numbered markers to locate parks, rivers, etc.

Any suggestions on how to handle marker size variation based on the number used?

In other words. The marker for ""22"" would twice the size as the marker for number ""1"".

Reducing the font size for ""22"" so it will fit in the same marker box as ""1"" makes it unreadable.

How should this be handled?

One of my primary goals for this map is to keep the file size as small as possbile and still make the make it legible.

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figure
out the smallest font size you're comfortable with and use that. You'll
get 'extra' space on single digit icons, but you have to design for the
largest. Use 88 to set up your symbol size and then plug in the real
number. Allow some room within the symbol and text to help legibility.
Michael Hermann
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figure 
out the smallest font size you're comfortable with and use that. You'll 
get 'extra' space on  single digit icons, but you have to design 
for the largest. Use 88 to set up your symbol size and then plug in the 
real number. Allow some room within the symbol and text to help 
legibility.

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Will give that a try.
Thanks,
-Mike "

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"Hi all - first post.

For this map do you think you really need a 'marker'?

Why
not just numbers with a coloured stroke then you keep a consistant look
and don't end up with a single number looking lost in large marker or a
dble digit looking crammed into a small marker. See example below:

[url="http://"http://img58.imageshack.us/my.php?image=map8nd.gif"]http://img58.imageshack.us/my.php?image=map8nd.gif[/url]

Just a thought.

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I
would use direct labelling, if you pull this off with direct labels, it
will look much better, and will show the GIS folks how powerful manual
labeling can be. B)
If that´s not an option, and it´s supposed to be a screen graphic, make it interactive.

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I'm
with Kartograph. An actual name on the map is always much preferable to
a callout number, especially when the feature is linear, such as a
river or cross-county trail.

I don't know the size of the
finished map, but assuming these city names are readable, you could
label every one of these features right on the map.
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Hi all - first post.

For this map do you think you really need a 'marker'?

Why 
not just numbers with a coloured stroke then you keep a consistant look 
and don't end up with a single number looking lost in large marker or a 
dble digit looking crammed into a small marker. See example below:

http://img58.imagesh...mage=map8nd.gif

Just a thought.

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How did you make these markers? I think they will work well.

-Mike "

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would use direct labelling, if you pull this off with direct labels, it 
will look much better, and will show the GIS folks how powerful manual 
labeling can be.  B)
If that´s not an option,  and it´s supposed to be a screen graphic, make it interactive.

http://


I things direct labelling would be to cramped.
It will be an image map so it will be interactive.

-Mike "

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In that case I created them quickly in Photoshop and added a Layer Effect (Stroke) to the text layer I placed.

Simplist
most across the board way to achieve this in a vector (or most GIS)
apps by duplicating the Anotation layer and applying a stroke to the
underneath layer.

Reason for duplication the layer underneath is
a lot of programs if you add a stroke will add it to the centre of the
path of the font therefore 'eating' up some of the character and
changing the designed shape - may not be a problem dependant on how you
go about adding the stroke.

Well that seemed long winded for a simple explanation - hope it helps.

BTW
I like the idea of interactive - maybe lose the text to the side and
have roll overs for the text triggered by the markers positions?

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