[ka-Map-users] Making multi-lingual map (beginner)
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senorsaru at yahoo.com
Wed Jun 13 13:47:46 EDT 2007
I need to make a world map that can be viewed in any
of 7 languages, specifically Arabic, Chinese, English,
French, Portugese, Russian, and Spanish. When you
select a language from a combo box, the place names in
the map will switch to the other language. We have
people who can translate the place names, but I'm in
need of a couple pointers. Although I am a
programmer, I've never done a GIS project before. I
got ka-Map working on my machine with the sample data
and I've worked through some of the tutorials online.
But, I have a couple questions remaining.
1. Where do the labels live? Are they part of the
shapefile, in the same layer as the geography? How
could I change them?
2. Can you recommend a source of world map data? All
we really need are country outlines/polygons, country
labels, capitals, and major cities. Major
rivers/mountains would be very helpful. We previously
purchased an Illustrator file that would be perfect,
but I guess we would be better of using SHP data,
3. Have you seen anything like this before? Does
ka-Map/MapServer sound like the right tool for the
Any help you could offer would be most appreciative.
I've tried to keep this message brief/readable, but
I'll be happy to provide any details I might have left
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