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Internal Organisation of Map Elements

To achieve an uncomplicated but nevertheless aesthetic map, the graphical elements must be arranged into a logically ordered composition. A good solution to assign the elements a structure and therefore to reduce tension in perception, is intra-parallelism. Intra-parallelism simply means aligning the elements with each other to simplify the graphic design of maps. When you have aligned your map elements, you have to separate them with continual separations. This allows a correct map layout, a correct presentation, and also ensures a clear distinction between the map elements.

The following animation shows an example how to organise the map elements.

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