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How to display meters

November 08 2010 | 0 comments
Categories: Map Elements

Hi There

Please could you clarify how to display meters on the Legend of a map. Is it 100m or 100 m. Not sure if there should be a space or not.

Thank you kindly

Mapping Center Answer:

You will find both conventions used on maps.  The important thing is to be consistent.  For example, you may also have units in your legend (e.g., or on your map grid (e.g., a State Plane or UTM grid for the map).  These should also follow the same convention that is used in the legend.  So if you decide to use 100m, then you would want to use the same convention if you show the meters of the UTM grid.

Personally, I tend today using a space, but that is not a hard and fast rule.

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