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>Surely all (or most) of the label placement, typography etc. ideas he uses could be captured in a set of criteria that could improve the state of the art in computer-mapmaking

Yeah. The following quote really annoyed me:

>He used a computer (not a pencil and paper), but absolutely nothing was left to computer-assisted happenstance.

Happenstance!




What's wrong with that word?

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Well, if Buddy spent two years writing the algorithms to dynamically place the names on the on-line maps, how is that placement "happenstance"? Just as much effort went into it as went into the hand-drawn map...

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The algorithm isn't happenstance, but any individual label placement on the map could be.

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