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They look really nice! --Peter Talk 17:41, 3 February 2010 (EST)
- Ditto the Dongchen maps! One suggestion: use DejaVu Sans condensed bold for the numbers on the listings icons—this will make it much easier to read. The icons on Image:Template for districts.svg are already in that format, if you want to just copy-paste them into your SVG. To change the numbers font on your map with relative ease, search (Ctrl+F) for ID=text within the layer you are using for listings icons, and that should select all and only the relevant numbers. --Peter Talk 20:47, 17 March 2010 (EDT)
- Yes, bold works best for street names, because it allows you to decrease the size by a large margin, and street names can take up a lot of space otherwise. Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, there is no good way to import OSM's text labels—I always replace them. If anyone knows though, it would be Sertmann, so you might try asking him in an email. My only other suggestion would be to use the high color contrast park pattern on the template linked above, as that will help users discern parkland from generic foreground when printed in black and white. Please feel free to ask me if you have any other questions, as I love seeing more maps created ;) --Peter Talk 14:29, 18 March 2010 (EDT)
- And a big hoorah from me as well, as I have given on your en talk page :). Peter's advice is truly excellent on these matters; he pointed out many issues with my early maps, and thank goodness for that. I suspect you were using the same old template as I started with - the DejaVu Sans condensed bold font makes the icons so much more readable. Looking at Image:DongchengTest.png, the additional comments I have largely concern aesthetics (and in some cases may just be personal):
- You can up your font size quite a lot for the larger streets. This will help readability. I use a rule of thumb that the font height is about the same as the width of the street (i.e. the largest possible to still stay within the border of the street path).
- I think maps look neater and cleaner if you put a very slim black or dark grey frame on them (eg 0.5 mm). This is talked about here.
- Be wary of building data exported from OSM. In every case I have looked at this is misleading. This was discussed here.
- You can adjust the scale of fill patterns to fit the aesthetics of each map. This was a well hidden feature of Inkscape but Peter managed to uncloak it. See the info box here.
- On the Doncheng map, the rivers (or canals?) in the top right area are a bit lost. I suggest trying the darker blue river stroke colour as per the Region Maps template.
- On the Dongcheng map, the north arrow and the scale are very small and not really readable.
- Personally, I very much like using the standard Wikitravel inset box for titling a city or district map, as we do with countries and regions. I realise others do not, but I think it brands the map as being from Wikitravel. And it is given as part of the map making instructions here.
- I hope some of that at least might prove helpful. Once again, well done Claus.--Burmesedays 22:48, 18 March 2010 (EDT)
- Looking at the two recent versions - excellent! You might want to break the long place names in the key box of image:DongchengTest2.png onto two lines though, so the key box is not so wide.--Burmesedays 23:06, 19 March 2010 (EDT)