Cartographic representations

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This image was rendered with the Swipe tool in ArcMap to show geographic features rendered as simple features (bottom) and as cartographic representations (top)
In Esri ArcGIS, cartographic representations are defined multiple representation rules, overrides, and exceptional ways that symbols are rendered in a map to enhance presentation. They are designed especially for cartographers who need to manage how and where features are symbolized and depicted on a map.

Cartographic representations can store and render additional information with the geographic features on a map. With representations, you can produce multiple map products from a single master database.

Two fields are appended to the feature class attribute table that allow you to store the following visualization characteristics. Using a combination of these effects allows cartographers to use their skills to produce a wide variety of thematic maps. You can specify as many representations as needed for each feature class.[1]


  1. Cartographic Representations - Esri

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