Schematizing maps for wayfinding tasks: The role of 45° angular constraints, prototypical branching points and urban components

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Abstract

In many wayfinding situations schematic maps are ideal tools for depicting information about the physical environment. In this study, the critical role played by geometrical information (45° constraints and a taxonomy of prototypical branching points), and by semantic information (different urban components in the city) in the construction of qualitative and abstract maps for wayfinding tasks is empirically evaluated. A main focus is set on the analysis of branching points schematization, and on road simplification according to major hierarchies. Implications for spatial navigation tasks are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-111
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Spatial Science
Volume49
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2004

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