Use of Captial letters in a legend
I am trying to find out if there is a protocol for the use of capital letters in a legend. For instance, at the following blog entry http://blogs.esri.com/Support/blogs/mappingcenter/archive/2008/03/06/cartogrpahic-design-legends.aspx you will see "Fire Tower", "Picnic area" and "Backcountry campsite (permit required)".
I am working on a map that has "First aid/Nursing station", "Exit number", "Province or state boundary", "Picnic Park" and "Carpool Parking" to name a few.
Do you know if there is an accepted guideline out there or is it up to the individual? We have "rules" for naming features on the map, but none for the legend. Should it possibly follow regular grammar type rules...
Mapping Center Answer:
There is not really a standard convention in cartography although we try to always follow the regular grammar rules when possible -- the only rule of thumb I would suggest you MUST follow is that you be consistent within your legend or between legends on multiple maps.
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