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As part of my (Alan Brenner) tasks while an intern with the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Geographic Information Systems Program and as my master's thesis with the Pennsylvania State University's Department of Geography, I wrote a guide for cartography using ESRI's ARC/INFO suite. The guide consists of a chapter on data, a chapter on design, 8 chapters on point, line and area symbolization, a brief closing chapter. I wrote the guide in pre-HTML times, and at some point decided I should make a web site out of it. I've finally gotten that task largely done. I would expect issues with some hyperlinks--both bad links and lack of a link where there should be, but I'll be working on those as time permits. The AML and C code that I wrote to do various display tasks are documented in the 8 chapters on symbolization. I no longer have access to ARC/INFO, so I cannot maintain that code. I will gladly accept updates.

Cartographic Symbolization and Desgin: ARC/INFO Methods is available by following the links below, or at the SourceForge download page. The AML and C code is also available at the SourceForge download page.

Old Disclaimer

The ARC Macro Language™ and C programs discussed in this guideline are available by anonymous ftp from and are in the files:

  • /pub/readme.cart
  • /pub/map_amls.tar.Z
  • /pub/map_design.tar.Z
  • /pub/map_post.Z
  • /pub/color_post.tar.Z
  • /pub/baw_post.tar.Z

For users not on the Internet, the programs can be obtained on hardcopy, 3.5 inch disks, QIC 150 or 8mm tape by contacting the National GIS Program at 703-235-5600, or:

401 M ST. SW, MS 3405R Washington, DC 20460.

AML, ARC/GRID, ARC/TIN and ARC Macro Language are trademarks and ARC/INFO is a registered trademark of Environmental Systems Research Institute.AViiON is a trademark of Data General Corporation. Sun and SPARCstation are trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. PostScript is a trademark of Adobe Systems, Inc. Use of these trademarks does not constitute an endorsement by the United States Government.

In no event shall the United States Government have any responsibility or liability for any consequences of any use, misuse, inability to use, or reliance upon the information contained herein, nor warrant or otherwise represent in any way the accuracy, adequacy, efficacy, or applicability of the contents hereof.