[Proj] How many principal digits on line labels for MGRS or USNG grids?
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Mon Nov 4 09:14:30 EST 2013
Hello,
without going any deeper into the subject the second pdf document says "DRAFT" and
the first one not .. so if you don't care about the second document at all since it is only
a draft (and could be any fairy tails).
Regards: Janne.
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Mikael Rittri [Mikael.Rittri at carmenta.com] kirjoitti:
> Hello.
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> I have a question about MGRS or USNG grid line labels, and how many principal digits should be used.
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> The background is that the line label is based on the UTM easting or northing for the line, which is a 6-digit or
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> 7-digit number. But only the five last digits would be used in MGRS or USNG notation, so the fifth digit from the
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> end is the first principal digit, and is written with a larger font than the leading or trailing digits. So far, so good.
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> Here is my confusion. In the Military Map Reading 201, http://earth-info.nga.mil/GandG/coordsys/mmr201.pdf ,
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> examples show that when the grid line spacing is 10 000 m, there is one principal digit in each line label,
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> and when the grid line spacing is 1 000 m, there is two principal digit in each label. There are no examples
> for larger scale maps, but my extrapolation has been that there would be three principal digits when the line
> spacing is 100 m, four principal digits when the line spacing is 10 m, and five principal digits when the line
> spacing is 1 m. (The basic idea is that the trailing digits are all zeros, with as many trailing digits as possible.)
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> However, I recently found a style guide for USNG (which is nearly identical to MGRS),
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> http://www.floridadisaster.org/gis/usng/Documents/USNG_style_sheetV1-11plus.pdf ,
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> which simply says that there are always two principal digits in a line label. Examples are given for
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> many line spacings, including 10 000 m. (The basic idea must be that when reading the principal digits
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> as a number, you get a value in kilometers.)
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> The two documents clearly contradict each other for the case with 10 000 m line spacing. But I am
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> not sure if my extrapolation of the military convention to dense line spacing is correct - maybe the
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> military convention is to have one or two principal digits, but never more than that.
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> I would like to get comments or opinions on this, since I am currently working with MGRS grid visualization.
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> Best regards,
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> Mikael Rittri
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> Carmenta
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> Sweden
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> http://www.carmenta.com
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