Feature Attribute Annotation

Tools for creating Annotation Features

Within the CEDRA AVseriesTM software (ArcView® GIS and ArcGIS® implementations) is a command, [Text or Attribute] under the main menu item {Annotate}, which enables the user to create text for the value(s) that are associated with a field or multiple fields in a single operation. For example, in the figure shown below it is desired to annotate or create text representing the name of a city, the number of females and males within the city and the city's population. The [Text or Attribute] command offers the user the ability to specify the field or fields that should be processed as well as the ability to control the "look" of the text that is created. This command is available in both the ArcView® GIS and ArcGIS® environments.

 Annotation of Multiple Attributes


When creating text for certain fields in a database, the user should first select the feature or features that are to be processed. Once selected, the [Text or Attribute] command can be activated. The user will then be asked to identify the field or fields that are to be used in the generation of text. A dialog box similar to that shown above will then be displayed. On a row by row basis, the field or fields identified by the user will be listed. The default order of the fields will correspond to their order in the database. The user, at this point, can control the order of the text by selecting the appropriate field from the Attribute pull-down list. The order in which the fields are listed in the dialog box will reflect the order in which the text is listed on the map.

For each field, in which text is to be created, the user is able to control the font, font style and font size that is used in creating the text. Any true-type font installed on the computer is available to the user for selection. In addition, the user is able to specify a prefix and/or suffix to the text. As shown above, for the city name a larger text size is used as well as a bold font style, while for the other fields various prefixes are entered to help identify the field that is shown. There is no limit to the number of fields or number of selected features that can be processed.

Once created, the user has the ability to reposition the text to eliminate any overlap or interferences, if any, using any of the available relocation tools.

The [Text or Attribute] command will process Point, Line and Polygon features and always lists the text in a vertical fashion. Users involved with surveying or engineering applications will find this command an ideal tool for labeling curve data, while those involved with marketing or business applications will find this command extremely helpful in transferring database information onto a map.

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