R-beta: Plot and scale
ihaka at stat.auckland.ac.nz
Thu Mar 19 21:08:08 CET 1998
> From: Bill Simpson <wsimpson at uwinnipeg.ca>
> Subject: Re: R-beta: Plot and scale
> I have this opinion from years of working on the Mac, where the WYSIWYG
> philosophy permeated everything. The monitor and the printer were always
> coordinated so the physical dimensions of a figure on the monitor and the
> physical dimensions of the figure on the printer were identical. (I
> am including fonts of course) This was achieved despite the huge diffs in
> monitor and laser printer resolution. I think this approach was also used
> on NeXT. And it is a wonderful time-saver for people who do graphics.
> If you haven't experienced it, you don't know what you're missing.
> Right now the only way to make figs look the way you want in R (X11) is
> through trial and error (very time-consuming). (BTW using Mac R gives
> figures with the lovely monitor=printer characteristics I've been talking
> about, due to system software)
> I know this lack of output device coordination was a design decision
> (maybe not by S-Plus but at level of X-windows etc). But it was a bad
I think that what you want is important an I have tried to build the
R graphics system in a way which will at least partially support
what you want (fixed colors, linetypes etc). There's just a bit more
to do ...
I might say that producing "WYSIWYG" output on the Mac was/is a nightmare.
The Mac graphics more really assumes that printers are do tmatrix with the
same dot pitch as the screen.
Display postscript really provides the best kind of solution. Roll on
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