Towards an Evaluation of Quality for Label Placement Methods

, , , and . Proc. 19th Int. Cartographic Conf. (ICA'99), page 905--913. Ottawa, Int. Cartographic Association, (1999)


The cartographic labeling problem is the problem of placing text on a map. It is composed of two phases. In the first, the question which map features should in principle receive a label is settled and the style (i.e.\ color and font) of these labels is determined. The second phase consists of the actual label placement. In this phase for each feature one has to decide whether there is in fact sufficient space and, if yes, the best location and shape of the label must be determined. This paper proposes a quality measure for the result of the second phase, allowing the comparison of label placement programs.

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