[mapserver-dev] Label Position Auto change?

Ian Walberg ian.walberg at airborne.aero
Sat Feb 25 11:27:07 EST 2012

This would work well for our applications.


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Subject: [mapserver-dev] Label Position Auto change?

Hi Thomas, Steve L,

Would it be easy to change the labeling to either change the order of
POSITION AUTO or to add a PROCESSING directive or some other mechanism
to change the order.

For example when labeling cities, I think it would look better if we
followed an order like:

Upper center
Lower center
Center right
Center left
Upper right
Upper left
Lower right
Lower left
Center center - this is bad if you have a symbol because it falls over
the symbol, so I can see optionally leaving it out of the list.

Obviously, not everyone will have this preference so some flexibility in
defining the order would make sense.

Another idea would be to do something like:

POSITION "UC LC CR CL UR UL LR LL"  # to specify the order (note no CC)

This would make it easy to pass the same via a binding.

Does anyone have any thoughts on this? Cartography, technical, other?

I will create an enhancement ticket and summarize this thread in it.

   -Steve W
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