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Mapping with ArcGIS Pro by Ryan Malhoski, Amy Rock

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Working with line features

Line features can be some of the most difficult features to label. Linear features should always follow the line, and be labeled above the line, almost as if the feature were underlining the label, but with a tiny bit of space underneath, as seen in the Figure 4.11. Look for the smoothest stretch near where you want to place the label, and generally horizontal, if you can manage it. It is still not appropriate to put spaces between letters, but you can put spaces between words on long stretches. Be careful not to add so much space that the reader has already forgotten the first part by the time they reach the second:

Figure 4.11: Labeling along a line

A widely used cartographic convention is to label water features ...

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