Labels in web mapping - how to make them work when aerials can be turned on/off...
I have a web mapping application in which users can choose to turn aerials on/off. Do you have any suggestions for choosing labels that look good when the aerials are on, but still look good when the aerials are off. I've read your post in which you suggest a brighter color for the label and then a darker color for the halo, but that doesn't always look good when aerials are turned off.
I can't create cached basemaps to resolve the issue because the data changes frequently. I also don't want to make my users turn on one label if they've got aerials and a different label if they don't (and I'm using a vendor product so I can't code a solution).
Any help is greatly appreciated!
Mapping Center Answer:
Try taking a look at the "Imagery Hybrid" baseamap template on the Local Government Resource Center:
This template, which you can download, includes a map that has symbology and labeling to overlay an image. It might have the kind of labeling that you are looking for, as I think it will work with the image turned off as well (although it was designed to have the image turned on). If it is close, but not exaclty what you want, at least it gets you statted so all you have to do is a bit of editing.
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