Frequently asked questions
Where can I download print data for tactile maps?
Everything is available on hapticke.mapy.cz.
What areas do the maps cover? What information can I get from tactile maps?
At the moment the maps cover not only the area of Europe but also the whole world. The exact map content always depends on the scale (see further) and on source data. In general maps provide information about the street network in urban areas, built-up areas, parks, tram and rail tracks and road network. The additional textual part provides information about nearest points of public interest – e.g. the location of schools, chemist’s, shops and landmarks.
What scale is the map?
Tactile maps are available in three scales:
- Large (1:1 200) which depicts details of towns. Maps in this scale provide information about street names and e.g. public transport stops.
- Medium (1:37 000) which depicts settlements, bodies of water and line elements between them (railways, highways and roads).
- Small (1:300 000) which depicts the network of major towns, roads and railways.
You can choose the scale using buttons Small, Medium and Large in upper right corner of hapticke.mapy.cz website.
I want to have a tactile map of a specific location. What should I do?
In the search box on hapticke.mapy.cz you can search the address, street name, name of the settlement (or its part) or another point of interest. As the result the element is displayed with the network of maps sheets. Then you select and download the map sheet in order to get data for printing the map.
Is the map going to have the description and the map legend?
Of course. The map sheet itself contains tactile and visual street description (large scale of 1:1200) or towns (smaller scales). The descriptions are generated as abbreviations, each map sheet offers the textual list of used abbreviations and their clarification. You can also download the graphic legend which explains symbols used in the map.
How are individual map sheets connected? Are they numbered?
The map sheets layout is fixed, derived from the transverse Mercator projection, and it consists of individual A4 sheets in portrait orientation. Map sheet press mark (e.g. j4510_u3057) is composed of column mark (j4510 – in printed version located on the top margin on the sheet) and row mark (u3057 on the bottom margin). The number of digits in the identifier suggests the map scale – 4 digits – large scale, 3 digits – medium scale, 2 digits – small scale. For more information see chapter 3 “Map sheet identification” in How it works section.
I need a map sheet with a specific press mark. What should I do?
It is easy. Enter the press mark of the map sheet you demand directly into the search field in format j4510_u3057. The map sheet will appear in the centre of the map part of the website.
How to print the map so that it was really tactile?
Current maps are designed for technology which uses so-called microcapsule paper. After heat treatment in a special device (so-called fuser) black print turns into a relief which can be read by touch. For details go to How to get maps.
Where can I have the map printed if I do not have the necessary technology?
I need a map with information that is not part of current tactile maps. What should I do?
If you are technologically advanced enough to edit a generated map sheet and you know the rules of working with Braille alphabet you can edit the sheet yourself in a graphics editor. However, make sure your alterations respect the rules of tactile graphics. If you have any doubts contact us (see Contacts > Teiresias).
I have hard copies of tactile maps but I do not know how to work with them. Can someone help me?
Of course. Working with tactile maps is not trivial and a training course is highly recommended.
Contact us (see Contacts – Teiresiás or Elsa) and together we will surely find a suitable solution.