[Rd] abline and its documentation

Kurt Hornik Kurt.Hornik at wu-wien.ac.at
Thu May 4 09:18:53 CEST 2006

>>>>> François Pinard writes:

> Hi, people.  The documentation of abline says:
> Usage:

>      abline(a, b, untf = FALSE, ...)
>      abline(h=, untf = FALSE, ...)
>      abline(v=, untf = FALSE, ...)
>      abline(coef=, untf = FALSE, ...)
>      abline(reg=, untf = FALSE, ...)

> so suggesting that h= and v= usages are exclusive.  There are examples 
> in the mailing list archives of using both at the same time, and I find 
> convenient, for example, doing:

>     abline(h=0, v=0, ...)

> for bolding the position of the origin or the axes through the origin.

> By doing so, we are using undocumented capabilities of abline and 
> consequently, writing bugged R code.  It does not matter so much 
> interactively, but scripts may be more sensitive.

> Would it be acceptable to amend abline documentation, so to commit the 
> capability of abline to do both h= and v= at once?   Or even combined 
> with intercept and slope?  (abline is able to do all three at once 
> already!)  Then, R users and code could more safely rely on this.

> Just a suggestion, and not a big matter, of course! :-)

Afaic, I would change the \usage to just given the function synopsis
(removing \synopsis along the way), and indicate the various usage
scenarios via details and/or examples.


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