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British Isles 10th centuryEdit

Many thanks for all your work on this. I seem to remember that with your original map clicking on 2000px blew it up so as to make the names more legible. Am I correct on this and would it be possible to provide a facility to blow the map up and put instructions how to do this in the 'description'? Thanks again. Dudley Miles (talk) 11:55, 12 September 2013 (UTC)

I have no idea how to do this. There are two rectangles in the right bottom of the picture in the article that are supposed to enlarge it. It links to the Commons' page of the picture and than you have to click once again on the 2000px link. You may ask on the discussion page of the en:Graphics_Lab/Map_workshop --Ikonact (talk) 19:46, 13 September 2013 (UTC)
Many thanks once again. I find now that clicking on the map blows it up, so maybe it was a problem with my computer that it did not work before.
One other point. I am slightly colour blind so I may misunderstand, but should 'See' below the description be 'Sea'? Dudley Miles (talk) 22:21, 13 September 2013 (UTC)
Yes, sorry, See should be Sea. Corrected. Please let me know if you want me to changes the colours. I have chosen the swamp/alluvium colour without any relation to the adopted colour conventions in Wikipedia. One other point is that I have used another map to present the coastline as it was in the 10th century but I have to consult some experts on this point. Finally, if you need other maps, please let me know. I will be happy to help and I will learn more about the British history :) --Ikonact (talk) 13:58, 14 September 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for the offer. It will be some time before I get to that stage with another article, but I will come back to you then. Dudley Miles (talk) 11:07, 15 September 2013 (UTC)

New mapEdit

Hi Ikonact. You very kindly said that you could help with a new map. If this is convenient, I have a further request. I have been working on w:Æthelred, Lord of the Mercians, and I have amended the map which is currently on the article and created a new one at [1]. I am not sure how legible my writing is, but places I have added are Conwy, Much Wenlock, Buttington, Tettenhall, Gloucester, Berkeley, Risborough, Pyrton, Thorney. Welsh kingdoms: DYFED, GWENT, GLYWYSING. Many thanks if you can help. Dudley Miles (talk) 23:51, 27 January 2014 (UTC)

Hi Dudley Miles, I will check what I can do. I think the best will be to recreate the map in the article and make it in vector format. Then I will add your modifications. I will keep you informed. It may take a week or two as I am quite busy at the moment. Regards. --Ikonact (talk) 09:17, 28 January 2014 (UTC)
By the way, you can ask for a correction on the Map workshop. --Ikonact (talk) 09:20, 28 January 2014 (UTC)
Thanks very much. Please advise if you would prefer I went to the map workshop. Dudley Miles (talk) 09:48, 28 January 2014 (UTC)
It is always better to go to the map workshop :) It is seen by more map makers. I will be happy to do it but I will need a bit of time. On the map workshop it can be done quicker by someone else. As you wish. --Ikonact (talk) 10:02, 28 January 2014 (UTC)
I will go to the map workshop so that an editor who has time can work on it. Thanks. Dudley Miles (talk) 18:51, 28 January 2014 (UTC)

Topographic map of Austria available?Edit

Hello, I noticed you created some nice topographical SVG maps such as this. I am looking for a pure SVG topographical map of Austria (actually interwar Austria but I do not think there have been any border changes since the 1920's) but I did not find any yet. I wondered if you would know of such a map or if you could point me to a good tutorial that would let me create something like the Guatemalan map you drew but for Austria (I am afraid I do not know how those maps are drawn). Thank you in advance and sorry to bother.--Rowanwindwhistler (talk) 10:37, 18 October 2015 (UTC)

Hi, you do not bother me :) Your message reminds me that I have not finished the Guatemala map yet :) Regarding the requested map - have you checked the maps in Commons? There should be a map that you can use. If not, there are tutorials how to create maps. You can check here but it will take you a little bit of time. If you want to make it yourself read this page. If you wish I can try to make a map of Austria or make a request on the Map Workshop page. --Ikonact (talk) 19:08, 18 October 2015 (UTC)
Hello, I tried looking for it in Commons but all I got so far is a bitmap map (this one though there are other similar ones, all non-vector). And when it comes to maps, I would rather use vector ones. I will check the link and see if I can try to create it myself (it would be interesting learning). If I see it is too complex for me I will try your suggestion and ask for it in the workshop. There is no real hurry yet. Thanks a lot for the advice.--Rowanwindwhistler (talk) 19:53, 18 October 2015 (UTC)
@Rowanwindwhistler:, I made a first try of a map here. Please tell me if this is what you are looking for. I can add more elements if you n

eed. Just let me know. --Ikonact (talk) 22:39, 27 October 2015 (UTC)

It looks fantastic. If possible, it would be nice to have the provincial boundaries and the provincial capitals added as well (if feasible and easy, if not this version is more than enough for what I want). My goal is to have a map that shows the geography of the new country (new in 1918) and, if possible, the basic administrative boundaries (the provincial borders) and main cities (the provincial capital cities and towns). If the interwar borders of the neighbouring countries were available (they are different from the current ones), that would be nice to have too, but I doubt that can be readily extracted from any source.
On the other hand if you do not mind my asking, I started reading this tutorial but it seems it is written for Windows users and I use linux. It seems some applications (3dem at least) are not available for linux. Do you know if there exists an alternative tutorial for linux or if the same procedure can be performed under linux too? I saw Grass GIS is available under linux (my version's interface is different from the one in the document though) but I am not sure if the 3dem steps can be skipped or carried out under Grass GIS...--Rowanwindwhistler (talk) 06:07, 28 October 2015 (UTC)
@Rowanwindwhistler: I have no problem to add any kind of modern boundaries and cities. I will do it later today or tomorrow and let you know. For the interwar borders I do not know if there is digital geographical data. I may try to find some data or try by hand but I never did it and do not guarantee anything. Regarding the tutorial, you have to ask some experienced users. I have never used it. I found the process so complex that I did my own tool for map generation :-) --Ikonact (talk) 08:36, 28 October 2015 (UTC)
Thank you! I am not sure about the interwar borders either, I would say they will not be available with any digital source but internet may surprise me... Anyhow, if the provincial boundaries and capital cities can be added, that should be ok. I can always add the neighbouring countries' names later to mark roughly where they were at the time.--Rowanwindwhistler (talk) 12:56, 28 October 2015 (UTC)

@Rowanwindwhistler: I have updated the map. I have added provincial boundaries, capital cities and modern borders of neighbouring countries. I have not put the names of the cities but this should not be difficult to be done. --Ikonact (talk) 23:50, 29 October 2015 (UTC)

No, that should be easy enough. I will create the Spanish version for the Spanish Wikipedia once the map is available in Commons and I will create an additional version with no borders for the neighbouring countries for the interwar period (as borders then were different, mainly the Italian-Yugoslavian one) but that should be easy too if the map has layers. Once again, thank you for all the effort!--Rowanwindwhistler (talk) 05:51, 30 October 2015 (UTC)
@Rowanwindwhistler: I have uploaded it here. I have added some more information. If you do not want to use it you can delete it. I had to reduce the relief resolution because the file was too big and not supported. Hope this helps. --Ikonact (talk) 21:35, 30 October 2015 (UTC)
Thank you! It looks really nice. I have already created a version in Spanish and I should have another one ready soon. Once again, much obliged for all the hard work creating the map, I think it will be very useful in many articles on Austria. Let us see if I can manage to learn how to create these maps when I have more time to do some reading and testing.--Rowanwindwhistler (talk) 07:36, 31 October 2015 (UTC)

From User Alternative TransportEdit

Hi Ikonact, I would like to say, I am quit impressed by your topographical SVG maps. --Alternative Transport (talk) 22:00, 24 November 2016 (UTC)

Hi @Alternative Transport:! Glad to see you like them. I am trying to do my best :-) There are a lot of maps I would like to make but it is a lot of work. If you need a map I can try to help. Cheers --Ikonact (talk) 09:24, 25 November 2016 (UTC)
thanks for the offer, I am currently working to update and combine language and dialect maps, for example Alemanic Languages update versus current version. The aim would be to identify areas with a population of less than 1 person per km² or 3 persons per sqmi, and topographical maps are one way to do so. I have Austria, Switzerland and Russia mostly finished but I would appreciate svgs with obviously inhospitable areas of Bulgaria, British Isles and Cyprus of your maps, if you have time and willing to isolate those.--Alternative Transport (talk) 13:43, 25 November 2016 (UTC)
@Alternative Transport: Can you tell me how do you isolate these areas? Do you use any methodology (e.g. areas higher than something) or do you use data? --Ikonact (talk) 14:22, 25 November 2016 (UTC)
High elevations, and steep elevation increases, as paths in a svg. Also Rivers and lakes, coastlines and borders would be great. By the Swiss and Austrian maps I had a populated areas map, which I then drew into a svg and split into languages and dialects. By other similar countries, I start with a full map and then subtract obviously inhospitable areas, national parks, mountains, swamps, if I cannot find a good population density map.
@Alternative Transport: I can make a try with high elevation for the map of Bulgaria. I do not have the steep elevation increase because this requires to work out a little bit my algorithms. I can put rivers and lakes, coastlines and borders. If this is OK for you I will make a try map but generally you have all this already on the existing maps. Let me know --Ikonact (talk) 11:14, 28 November 2016 (UTC)
Hey, it's alright, your maps are already great and I will work off them. If I get it wrong someone else can correct it later.--Alternative Transport (talk) 16:20, 13 December 2016 (UTC)

SVG shadesEdit

Hello Ikonact, I am impressed by your maps and now I try to create all svg reliefs like you. Could you tell me what programs do you use to create that vector shades from a raster? --g. balaxaZe 22:48, 3 February 2017 (UTC)

Hello @Giorgi Balakhadze:, happy to see that you like what I do :). I do not use any graphic tool to create my maps. I use a script of mine that I have developed to generate the maps from raw data. It works with Octave. I use Inkscape to finalise them. If you need some specific maps I can create them for you. I know that there is also a way to create svg shadows in Inkscape but I've never tried. If you have raster shadows you can vectorise them in Inkscape in the menu Path > Trace Bitmap in the section Multiple scans: Creates a group of paths select Scans: 8, check the option Greys and check the option Remove backgrounds. Let me know. Cheers --Ikonact (talk) 21:15, 5 February 2017 (UTC)
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