Is this practice acceptable in your office?
This is an excerpt from the Clackamas County Surveyor website. The standards are common to all 3 Portland Area County Surveyors. They specifically apply to Plats and Records of Survey that are submitted for recording, but I make it a general rule for maps I have control of.
Having text oriented in all directions may make some sense in the context of being a basemap for engineering design. Certain design sheets and details, which the topo base is a background for, may have irregular orientations.
As the bearing deviates significantly I prefer to arrow in from the text to the line.
I don't think I've ever seen a drawing using this method of labeling for all of the calls. I may have to label one this way just to see how I like it.
I usually try to have all text read left to right except for the bearings and distances which run with the direction of the line. Sometimes, I rotate labels because I like to place a descriptor for corners found right at the corner so there is no need to go read the legend to know what is supposed to be there. If the line run in such a way as to block the text, I'll rotate the descriptor so as to not crowd the lines.
Say you have a line running roughly 45 degrees to the west of north. It isn't readable from the standard front view or the turned-counter-clockwise view. So, having the standard left to right text and an arrow pointing to the midpoint of the subject line is preferable, in my humble opinion. Personally, I would not use the twist text option discussed above on any line running to the left more than 20 degrees from north.
When possible, I also attempt to label both sides of lines being used in two descriptions but reading backwards to each other. As in, north 45 east in one description and south 45 west in another description. I know some firms never do this. I have seen cases where every line is either running south-something-west or north-something-east regardless of what terms are being used in the description. This is highly confusing to clients and newbie employees in a variety of offices where surveys are used.