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Force the Abbreviation Dictionary?

December 23 2010 | 0 comments
Categories: ArcGIS Methods, Labeling, Map Data, Maplex

Hello! I would like the labeling engine to always place the abbreviations I have in the Abbreviation Dictionary, instead of attempting first to place the full word. Is this possible? Thank you!

Mapping Center Answer:

Unfortunately this is not possible--abbreviating is implemented as a label fitting strategy.   So, when there's plenty of room, no abbreviating by the Maplex lableling engine.

You can however, create an additional field in your data that is dedicated to this particular map and then you can calculate that field to contain the abbreviated text you want to use for labels.  To do that copy the names into the new field and then use the find and replace function on the table window. 

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