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International Futures Help System

Map Use Display

These maps are found by selecting Display from the Main Menu of IFs. Choose Specialized Display and map displays are located in the World Map, Lorenz and Gini option.

A function of the Main Menu of the map feature is the Continue button. Use this to exit and return to the previous display screen.

Another Main Menu option is TimeControl. If this is selected, the forecast can be advanced or regressed across time. Users can also move to the first and last years of the forecast by selecting FirstYear and LastYear respectively.

Yet another option on this version of the map is Display Options. The following options can be found by selecting this option.

  • Labels: Selecting this option will allow users to place the names of all countries on the map. Removing Labels will take these names away. Users can also change the font of the country names.
  • Colors: By selecting this option, users have the ability to change the color in which data is displayed.
  • Projection: By selecting this option, users have the ability to display the map from different perspectives.
  • Layers: Selecting this option presents users with the ability to add four different layers on top of the map to more clearly see how geographic changes may or may not play a role in different data displays.
  • Equal Count/Equal Interval: Toggling between these two choices allows users to display their data emphasizing either an equal number of countries represented between each data interval (Equal Count) or equal disbursements of data (Equal Interval).

From this world map accessed from the Display option on the Main Menu of IFs, the last option available to users is the Variable option. This brings up a window that allows users to select from a list of variables used in IFs. After selecting these variables, they will be displayed on the world map. Scroll through the list of variables either manually or by clicking characters in the box located at the top of the window. Also, users are able to select from different Run-Result-Files located in the box at the bottom of the screen.

Another feature of the map is the collection of different buttons located directly beneath the Main Menu options.

A magnifying glass next to a plus sign: can be used to zoom in on a specific part of the world. Simply highlight the button, move your mouse over the part of the world you would like to more closely look at and left click.

A magnifying glass next to a minus sign: can be used to zoom out. Simply highlight this button, move your mouse over the world map and left click.

A hand: can be used to move the world map around. Highlight this feature, move your mouse over a zoomed-in world map, left click, hold and drag to your desired location.

A globe: can be used to zoom back out to the standard, centered view of the world map.

A printer: can be used to print out the map you are looking at.

A pointer: can be used to copy the data that underlies the map display. Clicking on this button will present a prompt that tells you that you have copied the data to the computer’s clipboard. If you would like to, say, copy the data to a Word file, simply open the file, right click on the white, empty space and select paste.

Some final features of the map are located to the left of the map and below the map. The map legend is located to the left of the map. It displays the data points that delineate the different display categories. At the bottom left of the display is an option to change the number of display categories. The year being displayed is identified as well as the variable name.