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?
I don't believe there is any difference; they are interchangeable.
That's what I thought but I wanted to be sure.
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
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
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?
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)
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".
Thank you both.
What about "Here be monsters" . . . what's that called?
they are virtually the same but legend is more technical...thats all!