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Singular or Plural for labels on legend items?

August 12 2008 | 0 comments
Categories: Cartographic Design, Map Elements

Should the items in a legend be singular or plural. I see it both ways in map books.


Mapping Center Answer:

Typically, a legend shows a single representative graphic for each kind of feature, therefore the label should be singular.  If more than one graphic is used to illustrate the variety of depictions for a given kind of feature or the nature of the feature is plural, then a plural label is appropriate.

Beyond being grammatically correct, singular labels usually require fewer letters, and therefore result in a smaller, more efficient legend.

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