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View Poll Results: left, center or right aligned?
Left aligned 12 28.57%
Center aligned 10 23.81%
Right aligned 0 0%
mixed (overhead center, exit left aligned) 19 45.24%
i don't look at the signage anyway 1 2.38%
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Old March 18th, 2008, 01:25 AM   #421
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Slovenia:

motorway (avtocesta):


expressway (hitra cesta):


main road (glavna cesta) and regional road (regionalna cesta); 689 is regional:


local road (lokalna cesta):
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Old March 18th, 2008, 01:38 AM   #422
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Austria

Europastraßen/European roads


Autobahnen/motorways



Schnellstraßen/expressways
or


Landesstraßen "B" mit Vorrang/country-roads "B" with precedence



Landesstraßen "B" ohne Vorrang/country-roads "B" without precedence


Landesstraßen "L"/country roads "L"
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Old March 18th, 2008, 05:15 AM   #423
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The Netherlands:

Motorway:


National road:


S-road (Mainly Amsterdam)


R-road (road in touristic area's)
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Old March 19th, 2008, 01:47 AM   #424
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as for text on signs: left-aligned or centered?

what do you prefer in case of look and readabilty?

left-aligned (or right-aligned in countries where you read from right to left) text or centered text on highway signs?


examples for left-aligned text:


by ABRob




all 3 by me, hosted at the Autobahnatlas


www.autobahn-bilder.de

image hosted on flickr



examples for centered text:


by Phalc






mixed:

by Phalc



sidenote: all pics without a source mentioning have been posted by other users in the Signs-Thread



Feel free to post more examples

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Old March 19th, 2008, 01:49 AM   #425
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I prefer the mixed one:

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Old March 19th, 2008, 01:55 AM   #426
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Centered for the mainline, left-aligned for right-side exits, right-aligned for left-side exits.
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Old March 19th, 2008, 01:56 AM   #427
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Ofcourse left alligned, what else.
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Old March 19th, 2008, 02:00 AM   #428
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i agree with radi.

it's easier to read.

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right-aligned for left-side exits.
i've never seen that before. is it common in the uk e.g.?
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Old March 19th, 2008, 02:02 AM   #429
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There is a left hand exit near Sindelfingen.
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Old March 19th, 2008, 02:04 AM   #430
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neuss has one, too. you were there and i meant the right-aligned text on such exits. gärtringen is centered .

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Old March 19th, 2008, 02:13 AM   #431
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If the text is to the right of the arrow left-aligned, if the text is to the left of the arrow right-aligned and if the text is above the arrow(s) centered.

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Old March 19th, 2008, 02:18 AM   #432
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Quote:
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i agree with radi.
me too
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Old March 19th, 2008, 02:20 AM   #433
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I prefer left-aligned, although centered doesn't bother me every now and then, especially when mixed. I've never been thinking about this.
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Old March 19th, 2008, 02:26 AM   #434
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Quote:
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If the text is to the left of the arrow left-aligned, ...and if the text is above the arrow(s) centered.
if the two types of layout are mixed, it's ugly imo

by Phalc

arrow to the left as a standalone sign is ok, though

edit: oooops, i changed exactly right and left to the contrary on what abrob said, i've seen that two late, sry

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Old March 19th, 2008, 02:56 AM   #435
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I don't see a significant difference but if I were to choose I would take left-aligned.
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Old March 19th, 2008, 04:14 AM   #436
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I like centered since that's what we have in the United States.


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Old March 19th, 2008, 08:31 AM   #437
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Quote:
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Centered for the mainline, left-aligned for right-side exits, right-aligned for left-side exits.
That's what I prefer too - mainly because that's what we have over here. Only difference is that it's left-aligned for left-side exits because we drive on the left. Right-side exits are extremely rare, and I'm not sure how they're handled because Durban doesn't have any. There are some at the N2/M3 interchange in Cape Town though.

Here's one from Durban (taken from the SA Highways thread), clearly showing the text alignment on signage.

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Old March 19th, 2008, 09:39 AM   #438
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Left-aligned, definitely.
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Old March 19th, 2008, 12:20 PM   #439
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Old March 19th, 2008, 01:57 PM   #440
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For ordinary Latin-alphabet only signs, I'd say that left-aligned makes more sense, typographically speaking, than centered.

However, here in Israel we have the added challenge that all of the signs are in three languages, two of which are written from right to left, and one from left to right. I doubt that there was any alternative but to center the text:

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