I have a map of the U.S. only, without bordering countries. I am being told I must include all bordering countries as a point of reference even though they are not in print. I cannot locate a rule concerning this. The rule quoted to me is 7.3.7 and 220.127.116.11. Rule 7.3.7 states to RETAIN features – it does not state to add them. Rule 18.104.22.168 in a step by step process that keys a continent not labelled in print but the continent is indeed in print. This is meant to serve as a point of reference. I am in real doubt of adding anything that is not presented in print, as we all know we are to follow print. I was told by not adding bordering countries it would make the U.S. seem to be an island to the reader. I have attached the map as it is in print. Thank you for clarification, suggestion and/or advice.
Hi LaVerne, thank you for writing to the Ask an Expert Forum. I’m sorry to inform you that I do not have a reference to provide. What I can supply is my own personal opinion. If this map was produced as shown in this print example and was not divided for a specific reason, “reference points” are not necessary. Adding labels to areas that do not exist in print can be misleading or inaccurate. At the same time, as a TG artist, you wouldn’t surround this continent in water, for example where Canada exists, which can lead the reader to interpret this area to be an island rather than a continent. However, if the image or the context leading up to it does not introduce this map as “North America or The U.S.” you can add this information within a transcriber’s note for orientation.