Legend Standards

Discussion created by BrokenLegMike on Aug 16, 2012
Latest reply on Sep 5, 2012 by pamorrison
Hey folks,

I have a simple cartographic standards question. I make many maps and in the legend in each map, I have an item for watercourses (rivers and streams). We break this out in the legend as:

--- Minor Hydrology
--- Major Hydrology

The line symbols are the same, but the major hydrology is slightly thicker.

A debate has arisen as to which is the proper order in the legend. Should it be major first and then minor or vice versa?

We also do this for contours (i.e. 5 metre increment contours are major, one metre increments are minor)

Thoughts? I can't seem to find a standard online, so maybe there isn't one. If someone is away of a standard, please let me know.