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Map making: key or legend?

 
 
Reply Sun 13 Nov, 2011 08:50 am
Is there a difference between a key and a legend when making maps?

If you made a map and stuck pins in it to identify certain locations then used another sheet to explain the events that happened in each location would you be making a key or a legend?

Thanks!
 
contrex
 
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Reply Sun 13 Nov, 2011 08:56 am
I don't believe there is any difference; they are interchangeable.
boomerang
 
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Reply Sun 13 Nov, 2011 09:04 am
@contrex,
That's what I thought but I wanted to be sure.

Thank you!
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sun 13 Nov, 2011 09:16 am
@contrex,
As 'technical terms', there is a difference (remembering my exam at the naval school).

But for the 'daily use', I wouldn't go mad when to use what: they are indeed interchangeable
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Sun 13 Nov, 2011 09:21 am
@boomerang,
Is this for a professional use? as Walter has noted, there is a difference, but if the map won't be published it's not critical to get it right
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boomerang
 
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Reply Sun 13 Nov, 2011 09:27 am
It's just for personal use -- but a few other people will see it and I wanted to get it right.

Just out of curiosity, Walter, what is the difference?
contrex
 
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Reply Sun 13 Nov, 2011 09:33 am
Some people say that "legend" is for generics (mountains, lakes, railroads, highways, boundaries) and "key" is for specifics, (A particular statue or library or bank or hotel)
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sun 13 Nov, 2011 09:39 am
@boomerang,
A legend provides information about the terrain, ground, colours etc. = the generics.

A key is more specific, like a camera for "Boomer's Photo Studio".
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contrex
 
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Reply Sun 13 Nov, 2011 09:44 am
http://www.stationmasters.com/Map_Key/MAP_KEY05.gif
http://www.interventionalradiology.org.uk/Map%20Key.jpg
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boomerang
 
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Reply Sun 13 Nov, 2011 09:53 am
Interesting distinction!

Thank you both.
Setanta
 
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Reply Sun 13 Nov, 2011 02:38 pm
What about "Here be monsters" . . . what's that called?
farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 13 Nov, 2011 10:35 pm
@Setanta,
New Jersey
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boomerang
 
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Reply Mon 14 Nov, 2011 04:56 am
@Setanta,
My house.
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Mon 14 Nov, 2011 05:58 am
@boomerang,
http://i42.tinypic.com/odbbl.jpg
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abbew-mensah essel
 
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Reply Sat 19 Oct, 2013 10:41 am
@boomerang,
they are virtually the same but legend is more technical...thats all!
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