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Chapter 12. Annotating the Drawing > Annotating Drawings

Annotating Drawings

No AutoCAD 2000 drawing can successfully communicate without some form of annotation. Maps, mechanical drawings, buildings, title blocks, details, and even blocks and symbols all require some kind of key, legend, labeling, or definition to assist the user in understanding and interpreting the lines and shapes on the page. AutoCAD 2000 provides a variety of options for creating, positioning, formatting, and editing text in drawings. Underlying all these options, only two basic methods exist for adding annotation: Text may be added to a drawing as either as a single-line text object or as extended paragraphsof multiline text.

This chapter provides a hands-on comparison of each of these kinds of text objects. You will learn how to draw and edit both lines and paragraphs of text, and when it is best to use single-line or multiline text. This chapter also reviews two different ways to create text styles, and the pros and cons of each approach. Finally, you will learn how to reuse text styles in new drawings and how to share text styles with other users.


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