Locationaries are currently implemented as theme-independent polygon shapefiles. They are theme-independent in the sense that, unlike
conventional feature classes, they can contain all sorts of polygon features,
including parcels, buffered roads, buffered name places, etc. The
only common characteristics between those features is that they all
- Be polygonal. The polygon geometry represents the minimum geographic
extent where the spelling is valid.
- Have a text field called "NAME" containing the dictionary word.
- Be in the same coordinate system.
Locationary features don't have to be features visible in the real
world. They can represent any word that has a geographically limited
extent of spelling validity. The polygon represents the minimum area
where such spelling is accurate. For example, the word "color" is valid
in the USA, but not in other English-speaking countries where it is
spelled "colour". Therefore the "color" Locationary feature
polygon will bound the USA.
Converting feature classes into a
- Identify data sources
- Make a copy that you will edit to conform to the Locationary™ format
- Set the 2D or 3D coordinate system of the feature class if it's not
- If necessary, create a text field called "NAME" and copy those
values into that field. One word per record.
- Optionally, delete all other fields from the feature class
- Buffer the feature class by a distance within which you consider
those words to be correctly spelled. MapSpeller Locationary features
must be polygonal; buffering point and line features will give the
desired geometry type.
- If you are going to use data from different feature classes, use the
Simple Data Loader in ArcCatalog, or Copy & Paste in an ArcMap™ edit
session, or the Append tool from ArcToolbox™ to place all those features
in a single feature class.
- Repeat steps 1-6 for additional feature classes
- Export the resulting feature class into a shapefile if not already
in that format
The Locationary needs to be
added to the MapSpeller list of Locationaries and activated.