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Hierarchic Organisation 3

How can hierarchical organisation be used to organise the map elements?

  • Sort through the components of the map to determine the relative importance of each one. Seek then, a visual solution that will cast each component in a manner compatible with its hierarchical position.
  • Map objects that are most important are rendered with the greatest contrast to their surroundings. Less important elements are placed lower in the hierarchy by reducing their edge contrasts.
  • Mapped objects and their relative importance assume a place in the hierarchy. Although identical objects may vary in relevance, depending on the map on which they are placed.

The following illustration will explain to you how to achieve a hierarchical organisation of the map elements for a correct presentation.

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