Styling an Annotation Layer
Concept Procedure
 
 
 

To style an annotation layer

  1. In the Display Manager, select the annotation layer.
  2. Click Style.
  3. In the Style Editor, under Style click .
  4. In the Style Text Layer dialog box specify the Size Context.
    • Select Device Space to specify symbol widths and heights in screen units. Available units are Points, Inches, Millimeters, or Centimeters.
    • Select Map Space to specify symbol widths and heights in Mapping Coordinate System (MCS) units. Available units are Inches, Feet, Yards, Miles, Millimeters, Centimeters, Meters, and Kilometers.
  5. Specify the Units.
  6. For Text Type, select one of the following:
    • Plain—Formats annotation text uniformly using the settings specified for the layer in the Style Text Layer dialog box. The text has no formatting information itself.
    • Mtext—Formats annotation text as multiline. The settings specified for the layer in the Style Text Layer dialog box define the base formatting style. You can override this formatting when you insert individual Annotative text features.

    The Edit Expression button lets you specify an expression for this setting for advanced use cases. We recommend that you do not use expressions for Text Type.

  7. For Text, leave the "Label_Text" value unchanged.

    This is the name of a property in the feature source. It specifies that the text for the annotation is what you specify in the Edit Text Instance dialog box when you create the annotation. The Edit Expression button lets you specify an expression for this setting for advanced use cases.

    For more information on inserting annotations, see Adding Text to an Annotation Layer.

  8. For Font Name, specify the font to use on the annotation layer.
  9. For Font Size, leave the "NullValue(SIZE,number)" expression.

    The initial setting for font height is in mapping units and is based on the existing view. We recommend that you try the suggested height and adjust the number as needed. If individual instances require a different height, adjust the value in the SIZE column in the Data Table after you insert the annotation instances.

  10. Specify other font styling using the drop downs.

    If you select MText for Text Type, you can override some of these settings using controls in the Edit Text Instance dialog box when you insert the annotation.

  11. For Horizontal Alignment, Vertical Alignment, and Rotation, leave the "HORIZONTAL_ALIGNMENT", "VERTICAL_ALIGNMENT", and "ORIENTATION" expression values unchanged. These are the names of properties in the feature source.

    The Edit Expression buttons let you specify expressions for these setting for advanced use cases. If necessary, you can modify these values in the Data Table after you insert the annotation instances.

  12. Click OK.