[UW-GIS-L] Labeling coincident points
walkerw at u.washington.edu
Thu May 24 12:32:11 PDT 2007
In my latest labelling battle with ArcMap (9.1 or 9.2) with an
ArcView license, I am being stymied in my attempts to appropriately
label a set of points, where the geocoded results frequently contain
coincident points for multiple records.
I am making my output a large enough scale so that in most instances
all of the labels should fit, but because there are so many with
coincident locations, close to half the labels are being
suppressed. I have set my placement properties to allow placement to
be offset in any direction, but as I do not want the labels to print
directly on top of each other, have left the Place overlapping labels
Ideally I would like every record to be separately labelled, but am
not too fussy about the labels remaining very close to the
point. It's also preferable to have only one symbol per household
show up - it's only the labels that I want to print for the
coincident records. I'd love it if the multiple records were simply
stacked in the manner of multiple fields when vbnewline is used in a
label expression. For instance in this case where 4 individuals are
coincident (2 is most common for my project):
. Tom Davis
X Mary Sheffield
. Cindy Davis
. Wade Davis
where X is the location of the point.
Cindy Davis X Tom Davis
Wade Davis . Mary Sheffield
would also be OK, though not preferred.
Since these are geocoded locations which I have offset from the road
centerline, it would be great if the label appeared on the side away
from the street, helping to clarify which point the label belonged
to, but that's much less critical.
Much more important to me and my client, is capturing those cases
where in spite of my best labelling technique the labels are
suppressed, so that they can be dealt with as special cases later. I
don't see any such flagging currently.
I did find an online article which answered almost my original
question, but which required MapLex - and even so, I wasn't convinced
that it really addressed my particular needs:
If it turns out that there is a MapLex solution, but simply nothing
close with my ArcView license, are there options for using MapLex
temporarily to solve it without having to upgrade for this one case?
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