1.4. Glossary

The glossary contains the main terms and designations used in Yandex Map Editor.

Attribute

Attribute — an item characteristic whose value you can enter during the mapping process. The set of attributes depends on the type of map item. Usually they include the name and type of the item. See section 2.10.1. Adding map item attributes.

Bug report

Bug report: a message that describes an error or malfunction that was found in the service.

To create a bug report, you can send a message in the Yandex Map Editor Club or use the feedback form.

Before you create a bug report, make sure that the error is caused by Yandex Map Editor rather than by your operating system, browser, internet connection, or other software (firewalls, ad blockers, etc.).

Vertex

see Point.

Shape (map items)

Shape: the form of map items (placemarks, lines or polygons). Editing the shape means changing the appearance of a map item.

Route

Route: all of the stops made by various transport vehicles (including rapid-transit or water-transport vehicles) between a beginning and ending location.

Each route can have a number of different transport options that differ by the direction of the route (to or from), the starting time (morning, evening, etc.), and the particular day (weekdays, weekends, etc.).

Each separate route is called a route option.

See also Route option.

Mobile Yandex.Maps (MYM)

MYM, MM: abbreviated forms of Mobile Yandex.Maps (an app for smartphones and other portable devices).

Moderation

Moderation: verification of items that users draw on Yandex Map Editor to ensure that they are authentic, error free, etc. See section 1.3. Yandex Map Editor Moderation.

Yandex Map Editor (YME, ME)

YME, ME: abbreviated forms of Yandex Map Editor See section 1. What is Yandex Map Editor

Route option

Route option: a route that goes in a particular direction through particular stops in accordance with a particular timetable where stop times and time en route between them is indicated.

If there are several different timetables and itineraries, then you should create a separate route option for each of them. For example, there might be some routes that diverge from the main itinerary to make secondary stops.

If the route runs in both directions, you must create two options for it: “to” and “from”.

See also Route.

Geographic term

Geographic term: the type of geographic feature (lake, cape, island, etc.). These features are often included under place name (Cape of Good Hope, Bolshoy Ussuriysky Island, etc.). See section 3.1.3. Map item naming rules.

Map item

Map items: elements that display on the map as placemarks, lines, and polygons and represent real items (buildings, territories, roads, rivers, etc.) at a given scale.

Polygonal item

Polygonal items: map items that are represented by a specific shape (as opposed to placemarks and lines) on the map. For example, territories, forests, and reservoirs. For more information, see section 2.7. Polygonal items.

Polygons can be simple (i.e. consist of one continuous shape). Polygons representing buildings or structures are examples of these. Rules and general techniques for drawing and editing such items can be found in section 2.7.3. Simple polygonal items.

Some items, however, may consist of several independent polygons. Polygons representing cities are examples of these. Rules and general techniques for drawing and editing such items can be found in section 2.7.4. Composite polygonal items.

Linear items

Linear items: items whose length far exceeds their width (among other geometric parameters): roads, borders, rivers, metro lines, etc.) Linear items of various types are represented on the map as lines that vary by thickness, color, etc.

When you draw on the map, they are divided into two types:

  • Simple linear items. These are used to draw simple, small geographic items (such as short roads or fences).

    Rules and general techniques for drawing and editing such items can be found in section 2.6.1. Simple linear items.

  • Composite linear items. These are used to draw complex, extended geographic items (such as highways or major rivers). Composite linear items are made up of several simple linear items. For example, highways are made up of road sections and rivers are made up of sections or riverbed.

    Rules and general techniques for drawing and editing such items can be found in section 2.6.2. Composite linear items.

Place

Places: map items that don't display at map scale. For example, wells, ATMs, fountains, etc.

These map items display on the map as icons (pictographs) that differ in shape, color, size, etc.

Additionally, use placemarks for map items if polygons would make it difficult to read the map or if the shape of the map item itself is not a significant consideration (such as for stores or other establishments). Several such map items can be located within one building and using icons to represent them makes it possible to display them all without overlapping.

Rules and general techniques for drawing and editing such items can be found in section 2.5. Places.

Overzoom

Overzoom: a mode that lets you “zoom in” on the map even in places where there is no corresponding satellite image. Change map scale, see 2.2.3. Change the map scale.

Drawing

Drawing: entering polygons, lines, and placemarks on the map based on satellite images.

The main technique for creating items on Yandex Map Editor (other than those that don't display on satellite images) consists of tracing the outlines of straits and bays, drawing the borders of administrative division, plotting addresses, etc.

Drawings display on the map in accordance with the design being used.

See also Map item, Place, Linear item, Polygonal item.

Overlap

see Point.

Backdrop

Backdrop: the background image that map items display on top of it (either the satellite image (“satellite”) or a schematic map (“map”)). See section 2.2.5.1. Choose backdrop.

Image (space, satellite)

An image (space, satellite) will serve as your backdrop on Yandex Map Editor. Map items on Yandex Map Editor are based on images. See section 2.3.1. Satellite images.

Place name

Place name: a proper name that represent a given geographic feature. See section 3.1.3. Map item naming rules.

Point

Point: one of the main geographic elements on the map, which is used to represent:

  • Independent map items, such as “addresses”.
  • The beginning and end of linear items (such as road sections)
  • Intersections or places where linear items join

  • Vertexes of curved lines on the map (intermediary points on a line with a complex shape)
Feature request

Feature request: a message containing a request about the service. For example: “Make a new tool”, “Let us insert photos”.

You can send a feature request as a message in the Yandex Map Editor Club.

Footprint

Footprint: the outline of a building's foundation. The footprint (as opposed to the roof) is what you should draw on the map. For more information, see section 3.4.1. Rules for drawing buildings.

API

Application Programming Interface, API: set of functions and modules that let you insert Yandex.Maps on webpages, which allows users of that site to view those maps.

POI

POI (“Points of interest”): map items that people find useful, such as pharmacies, car servicing stations, gas stations, etc. These are displayed using icons that correspond to the item type. Drawn as map items of category 3.6. Locations.