Place attributes

There are more than 350 Places categories and 90+ editable attributes.  The following chapter provides an overview of Place attributes and how to use them.

1 Place attributes menu

The “Place attributes” menu displays all Places attributes. To open the “Place attributes” menu:

1) If adding a new Place, select a Place category. The attributes menu will appear after the category is selected.

2) If editing an existing Place, the “Place attributes” menu opens after clicking on a Place.

Fig.: “Place attributes” menu and attributes sections

1.1 Place Category

Map Creator offers more than 350 Places categories within 11 main categories. Search for a category using the search field or browse by expanding the main categories.

Fig.: Category menu

 

To choose a category:

  • Use the search field to enter a word describing the Place. After entering the first letter, Map Creator suggests potential categories.
Fig.: Looking for a category using the search field

 

  • Brose within the main categories by expanding the menu and selecting from the available choices.
Fig.: Browsing for a category using the main categories

 

After the category is defined the “Place attributes” opens with the following additional options:

  • Add another category:
    • Click “Add another category” to select more categories if needed.
    • Note: Avoid creating illogical combinations (e.g. Restaurant + Optician).
    • Note: Avoid adding excessive categories (e.g. a hotel with a meeting room is just a Hotel, not a Hotel + Convention/Exhibition Center).
  • Delete a category:
    • Delete categories by clicking the “x” in front of the category name.
    • Note: You can only delete a category when two or more categories are listed.
Fig.: Add and delete a category

1.2 Place name

Use the naming field to enter the official name of the Place. Keep the following in mind:

  • Add the Place name according to reality.
  • Names are case sensitive.
  • Letters, symbols and numbers are allowed when it reflects reality.
  • Do not include the name of the category (e.g. “BP” instead of “BP Petrol Station”).
  • Do not include additional information in the name field (e.g. name of the owner, city name, etc.).
  • If the Place is part of a chain use the chain name.
  • Enter up to four names.
Fig.: Entering a Place name

1.3 Language code

Language codes classify letters and numbers according to the country’s language set up. In countries with multiple official languages it is important to select the correct language code from the drop-down menu. Keep the following in mind:

  • In countries with one language, the language code is set by default.
Fig.: Default country language code (e.g. Germany)

 

  • In countries with multiple languages, select the appropriate language code by clicking the drop down list.
Fig.: Country language code set up where multiple languages exist (e.g. Spain)

 

  • In countries using languages with non-latin characters, an additional transcription is needed.
    • If the transcription already exists the transcribed name appears but is greyed out and not editable.
Fig.: Country language code example where multiple languages and transcriptions exist (e.g Belarus)

1.4 Food type

The food type must be defined for categories within the main category “Eat & Drink.” A few tips:

  • Use the food type which best describes the menu of the Place.
  • If you are unable to choose the specific food type which best describes the menu then use a more generic food type like “International” or a regional type (e.g. African, European, etc.).
  • Multiple food types may be added for a single Place but use them sparingly.
  • Avoid illogical food type combinations (e.g. Pizza + Chinese).

Editing food type:

  • Adding a food type:
    • Enter a food type in the “Search for a food type to add” field.
    • After entering the first letter, a list of suggestions appears.
  • Deleting a food type:
    • Delete a food type by clicking on the “x” in front of the food type.
Fig.: Add and delete a food type

1.5 Chain

The chain is the brand or trade name of a Place (e.g. BP, McDonald’s).

If the Place belongs to a chain:

  • Click on the chain field and select a chain from the drop-down menu.
  • Alternatively, begin typing the name and Map Creator will offer suggestions.
  • If the chain is not in the list click on “No Chain”
  • If the chain is on the list, the previously entered Place name should match the chain name.
Fig.: Searching for a chain

1.6 Address

1.6.1 Street name

The street or road name is derived from the road where the routing point is attached. The road name is not editable within the “Place attributes” menu.

  • If the road name is missing or needs updating go to the “Road attributes” menu and add or update the road name.
  • If the routing point is located incorrectly move it to the correct road. The road name will update accordingly in the Places menu.
Fig.: If necessary, use the “Road attributes” menu to add or modify a road name first

1.6.2 House number

The house number provides the address information for the Place. House numbers should be entered according to reality and various formats are supported (e.g. N123W12312, A12/123, AB-12, 12A, 40, Блок 12345 Б, etc.).

Fig.: House number field

1.6.3 Postal code

Enter the correct postal code to complete the address section.

Fig.: Postal code field

1.7 Contact information

1.7.1 Telephone number

  • Enter a telephone number if available.
  • Landline numbers are preferred.
  • The country code defaults to the country where the Place is located.
  • Enter the telephone number in this format:
    • Area code (without leading 0) followed by a dash and the rest of the phone number (e.g. 30-7581234).
    • If there is no area code, simply add the telephone number.
    • Map Creator validates telephone number format in real time and may add an area code automatically.
    • An error message appears if the field contains characters other than numbers and one dash.
  • Up to three telephone numbers can be entered.
Fig.: Entering a telephone number (e.g. Germany)

1.7.2 Mobile phone

  • Enter a mobile phone number if available.
  • The country code is set according to the country definition and cannot be changed.
  • The country code defaults to the country where the Place is located.
  • Enter the mobile telephone number in this format:
    • Area code (without leading 0) followed by a dash and the rest of the mobile phone number (e.g. 30-7581234).
    • If there is no area code, simply add the mobile telephone number.
    • Map Creator validates telephone number format in real time and may add an area code automatically.
    • An error message appears if the field contains characters other than numbers and one dash.
  • Up to two mobile telephone numbers can be entered.
Fig.: Entering a mobile phone number (e.g. Germany)

1.7.3 Toll-free number

  • Enter a toll-free telephone number if available.
  • The country code defaults to the country where the Place is located.
  • Enter the toll-free telephone number in this format:
    • Area code followed by a dash and the rest of the toll-free phone number (e.g. 30-7581234).
    • If there is no area code, simply add the toll-free telephone number.
    • Map Creator validates telephone number format in real time and may add an area code automatically.
    • An error message appears if the field contains characters other than numbers and one dash.
  • Up to two toll-free telephone numbers can be entered.
Fig.: Entering a toll-free number (e.g. India)

1.7.4 Email

  • Enter an email address if available.
  • Follow standard email address format:
    • mail@example.com
    • If the address contains invalid characters, an error message appears.
  • Up to two email addresses can be entered.
Fig.: Entering an email address (e.g. India)

1.7.5 Website

  • Enter a URL if available.
  • Follow standard URL format:
    • https://www.example.com
    • If the URL contains invalid characters an error message appears.
  • One URL can be entered.
Fig.: Entering a URL (e.g. USA)

1.7.6 Preferred contact type

A star icon appears next to each piece of entered contact type.

Click the star to set the corresponding contact type as the preferred contact method.

The star is not visible until some form of contact information is entered.

Fig.: Activating the preferred contact type by clicking on the star icon

1.8 Other attributes

1.8.1 Opening hours

Opening hours define the time period when a business is open. There are three options:

  • “Open during selected hours”
    • If this circle is checked, a menu appears allowing entry of opening hours for each day of the week.
    • Activate the days by clicking the checkbox for each day the Place is open.
    • The time fields open and you can enter opening and closing times.
    • Up to three time periods can be entered per day when clicking on “+” to activate the next field.
    • Click the “x” to delete entered time periods.
Fig.: Entering opening hours

 

  • “Open all the Time”
    • Choose this option if the Place is open 24 hours.
  • “No opening hours available”
    • Choose this option when you have no information about opening hours.

Tip:

  • If opening hours are the same during the work week, activate Monday, enter the time period and then activate the following days and the time period will be copied over.

1.8.2 Fuel type

For a subset of countries (e.g. North America) Map Creator offers a “Fuel Type” option for petrol/gas stations.

  • Choose between “Yes”, “No” or “Unknown” to define if the petrol station offers diesel fuel.
Fig.: “Diesel flag”

1.8.3 Wheelchair accessible

This attribute reflects if a Place can be entered using a wheelchair. There are four options:

  • “Full wheelchair access”
    • Select if the entire Place is wheelchair accessible.
  • “Limited wheelcair access”
    • Select if parts of the Place are wheelchair accessible.
  • “No wheelchair access”
    • Select if the Place is wheelchair inaccessible.
  • “Unknown wheelchair access”
    • Select if you have no information about wheelchair accessibility.
Fig.: Wheelchair accessibility