2.01 Distance, Dimensions and Index

Distance, dimensions and index

Presenting and/or exploring (a part) of the world on a sheet of paper looks simple, but is in fact quite a challenge.
It requires the observer to be aware of what the actual physical distances of the area being represented on the paper are.

Metric / imperial measurement system

In different parts of the world different systems for measurement indication are used. Therefore, before creating your map, an important preference you are asked to check/set is the measurement system. You have the options of the “Metric system” (kilometres, meters, centimetres,) and the “Imperial system” (miles, yards, feet, inches). Select whichever system you’re familiar with.

Area size

The physical dimensions (length and height) of the area are displayed next to the map as you’re deciding on the area to print. The sizes are included on the tactile map as well.

Index and position information
Related to the map an index can be produced. The index will show the names of the topographical or geographical elements on the map, (listed in alphabetical order, numeric order or order of appearance) and where on the map the item can be found. The elements in the index are followed by their position indication. The top left corner is the starting point for the position indication. At the top of the index you can see which units the index is displayed in. For example, if the index mentions: “London: 15, 23” and has cm as the chosen unit of measurement, you can find London by moving 15 centimetres to the right from the top left and then moving 23 centimetres down.