Maplex - how to stop labels from other layers appearing inside polygon features

Discussion created by leftieant76 on May 27, 2014
Latest reply on Jun 3, 2014 by leftieant76

I am tearing my hair out over a labelling issue at the moment. I have waterbodies (polygon) drawn over the top of watercourses (polyline). Both features need to label - but the watercourse labels should NOT appear inside the waterbodies feature.

Nothing I seem to do is resolving this issue - including setting the feature weight on the waterbody to 1000 (which should exclude it from availability altogether).

I can't mess with my source data, there is no attribute within the watercourse features that I can identify the offending arcs with, so unless I can find a magic solution, my only option is going to be excluding the offending arcs from labelling via SQL query, which I really don't want to do.

Surely there is a neater solution?