[Rd] Re: Default value for title in postscript()
p.connolly at hortresearch.co.nz
Mon Apr 28 10:45:19 MEST 2003
On Thu, 24-Apr-2003 at 06:56PM +0100, Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
|> On Wed, 23 Apr 2003, Martin Maechler wrote:
|> > I tend to agree that a change might be useful --
|> > For the new default, I'd actually go further and propose
|> > something like (when file = "Rplots.ps")
|> > "Rplots.ps [from R 1.7.0]"
|> > PaCo> (assuming, of course, there aren't good reasons
|> > PaCo> against doing that)?
|> > Unfortunately, there's a good reason: back-compatibility.
|> > In spite of that, I do advocate a change.
|> I'm lost here!
|> Most people don't care what the title is, and I left it as previous
|> versions gave. Why would anyone want the title in the file to default to
|> the file name, which in any case defaults to something anodyne?
There is only one reason I can think of and that's so it is shown in
the title bar of ghostview. That's a pretty good one. I never use
default filenames, so the name in the title bar is always informative
if it's the filename. All my postscript files created by R are in
places where it's obvious they're R Graphics Output. That might not
be the case for other people.
|> There's a general R principle here: the person who does the work
|> gets to choose the details. Patrick: if you had submitted a
|> comprehensive patch, you might have got to choose!
I looked at it, and noticed I'd have to do things with the .Internal
PS function (and I'd been warned off going there). I asked the R-help
list how complicated it would be and was promptly notified that it had
been changed in the R-devel. That's one of the neat things about R:
things happen quickly.
I'm not complaining. It's simple enough for me to work with how it
is. There was a possibility that other people might think my way of
working wasn't so wierd so that a change to the default might be
desirable. I never use onefile = FALSE so there could be issues that
complicate matters in a way I'm unaware of.
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