[ka-Map-users] Making multi-lingual map (beginner)

First Name) (Last Name senorsaru at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 18 08:51:25 EDT 2007

Thank you very much for your reply, Jithesh.  That
helped to clarify the situation.  Another question:

How can I include Unicode data in my fields?  We need
to translate into Russian, Chinese, and Arabic.  I
found a copy of ArcMap and ArcView, but as far as I
can tell, they don't allow Unicode data in the fields.
 However, I've seen ka-Map maps in all kinds of
languages, including right-to-left (e.g. Hebrew).

I've got another question, but I'll put it in a
separate thread with an appropriate subject line, for


--- Jithesh Joseph <jithesh_joseph at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Hello Alex,
> You can store the data in SHP files.
> Absolutely, Ka-map is a good tool for creating such
> an application.
> You don't need to have separate shp files for
> storing the GIS data. You may store the labels for
> different languages in different fields of your data
> file. Also, you may create different mapfiles for
> different languages or dynamically change the
> LABELITEM of the mapfile using mapscript.
> Regards
> Jithesh
> http://www.maptell.com
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: (First Name) (Last Name) <senorsaru at yahoo.com>
> To: ka-Map List <ka-map-users at lists.maptools.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2007 11:17:46 PM
> Subject: [ka-Map-users] Making multi-lingual map
> (beginner)
> Hi ka-Mappers,
> 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,
> right?
> 3. Have you seen anything like this before?  Does
> ka-Map/MapServer sound like the right tool for the
> job?
> 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
> out.
> Thanks!
> Alex
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