When I symbolize utility lines, I use the first letter of the utility as a marker symbol along the line. For instance, an underground electric line would be symbolized as ----E----E----. The problem I'm having is forcing the letter to always fall into the space I've created in the template for the line. I also want to give some space between line and letter ----- E -----. Shorter lines or segments are the most problematic and it carries over when I create the legend. I've had some success adjusting the symbol layer templates so that the marker symbol falls on the gap in the line symbol. I've also made sure that both parts of the symbol have the same interval setting. Any suggestions for making this an easier process? Does map scale have an effect? How can I make adjustments in the legend so that the marker symbol falls in the middle of the patch with line on either side ----- E ----- ?