The term Locationary™
is trademarked; Locationaries are copyrighted, and their use is patented.
The term itself is made up from "location" and "dictionary".
What are Locationaries?
Locationaries are spatial dictionaries. They keep track of correctly
spelled words along with the location in the world
where those words are accurately spelled.
MapSpeller spell checks both
which are lists of words that are deemed correctly
spelled, don't offer the ability to take the geographic/coordinate
location of words in maps into consideration when proofing them; Locationaries do.
"maps" of correctly
spelled words, maps of dictionary words.
Locationaries and Data Frame Objects
Spatial spell-checking is the ability to proof a word while taking
the geographic/coordinate location of such word into consideration. The
primary purpose of Locationaries is to enable spatial spell checking of
location-bound words within a data frame. Map annotations and
geodatabase contain such words.
Radius spell-checking is the process of proofing words by specifying that
words will be considered correctly spelled if they are located within a
certain distance (the radius) of a Locationary feature. Radius
spell-checking can also be used to detect:
- Geographic names that are
farther from the feature they represent than an acceptable
distance (the radius).
- Features whose "labels" have been switched.
Locationaries and Layout Page Objects
Locationaries can also be used to indirectly proof non-location-based text
residing on the layout page. Locationary words used to check data frames
can be temporarily exported into a conventional dictionary and then re-used to proof
words from the layout page. This is particularly useful in proofing
layout text that contains the names of localities being mapped, such as
in layout titles.
In technical ArcGIS terms, a Locationary can be thought of as a new type of feature
class, a feature class
of dictionary/Locationary features. Each Locationary feature
consists of a record in the feature class attribute table that
stores or tracks a correct spelling (the Locationary word) as well as a
corresponding polygon (or multi-part
polygon) that represents the minimum geographic
area of validity of the Locationary word (or combination of words).
Locationaries are however different from standard GIS feature classes by,
the meaning of a feature, the fact that features don't have to
represent real-word objects; the fact that they are not built
thematically (roads versus towns).
Locationaries can be made language dependent or not by end users.
At MapSpeller 4.0, 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
or word combination.
- Be in the same defined coordinate system.
Locationary Types and Availability
They are two types of Locationaries: personal and shared. Those
types of Locationaries are analogous to personal and enterprise
The personal Locationary belongs to the logged-in individual user
and is where only he/she can save Locationary features that he/she
deems correctly spelled and located. Doing so prevents such spelling
from reappearing over and over in the MapSpeller Potential Error
dialog at each encounter of the spelling within the valid
location/extent. Features within the personal Locationary only
influence its owner.
At version 4.0, MapSpeller distributes a single, multilingual, editable,
personal Locationary per user.
Users can choose to set it to a coordinate system of their choice or to
a default generic worldwide system when they start using MapSpeller. The
coordinate system can thereafter be changed using standard ArcMap
- Shared/Enterprise Locationaries
Shared Locationaries are also called enterprise Locationaries.
Their purpose is also to prevent that spellings deemed correctly
spelled and located be considered errors. The bulk of Locationary
features should reside inside enterprise Locationaries as opposed to
personal Locationaries so they can be reviewed and stored once by
the organization and shared multiple times among its members. Such
Locationaries may include all the correctly spelled and located
roads, name places, etc. within the enterprise area of interest, and
therefore can be very large. They should be
shared instead of duplicated.
As of this writing, Edgetech is not providing any enterprise
Adding or Removing
MapSpeller provides a couple of interfaces for
adding or removing
features from personal Locationaries.
Users can also take advantage of the fact that all Locationaries have the
same format as polygonal feature classes and therefore can be edited using well-known ArcMap