[Rd] Documentation error for par(lty) (PR#8914)

ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue May 30 23:38:53 CEST 2006

Whether this works or not depends on the graphics device.  The description 
in the driver sources says

  *      Line textures are stored as an array of 4-bit integers within
  *      a single 32-bit word.  These integers contain the lengths of
  *      lines to be drawn with the pen alternately down and then up.

  *      An integer containing a zero terminates the pattern.

Your example does not work on the pdf() device, for example.
So the documentation accurately describes what is guaranteed to work.
(On Windows the GDI is used and that accepts more possibilities, it 
seems.  We may well alter that.)

On Tue, 30 May 2006, bpeyser at jhmi.edu wrote:

> Full_Name: Brian D. Peyser
> Version: 2.1 (also 2.3)

There are no such versions: please do note what the posting guide says 
about this (and reporting on current versions, now 2.3.1 RC)

> OS: Windows XP Pro
> Submission from: (NULL) (
> In the documentation for par() (both on-line and manual) there is an error
> regarding line type specification (lty). It actually omits a feature. The
> documentation states that a string up to 8 NON-ZERO hexadecimal digits may be
> used to specify on/off lengths, i.e. "44" = "dashed".
> However, lty DOES accept zero:
> plot(NA, NA, xlim=c(-2,2), ylim=c(-2,2))
> abline(h=1, lwd=2, col="black", lty="0880")
> abline(h=1, lwd=2, col="gray", lty="88")
> This will produce a plot with a horizontal line that is alternately gray 
> and black. The first number is length "on", then length "off", so that 
> the black line starts with zero length on, then 8 off, then 8 on, then 
> zero off, such that the zeroes effectively swap the "on" and "off" 
> positions. The gray line starts "on" for 8 units then "off" for 8.
> -Brian Peyser

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