[R] axis label rotation

Patrick Connolly P.Connolly at hortresearch.co.nz
Mon Dec 4 21:10:37 CET 2000

According to Paul Murrell:
|> Hi
|> > I recently switch over from Splus to R and I have not been able to
|> > generate right axis labels that face inwards.  This is accomplished
|> > in Splus with the command srt=270 but this option is not supported
|> > in R.  In addition the par argument las=0 or 3 does not rotate the
|> > right axis labels.
|> Unfortunately, R's axis() and mtext() functions only listen to par(las) to

Perhaps that's because those who did that part of the development were
familiar with standard drafting conventions which invite the reader to
read text from the bottom or the right.  Reading text from the left
which one would have to do to read a plot with a label rotated 270
degrees is unnecessarily complicated for the reader.

Perhaps if you're using R to design a board game it could be

|> > The editor of a journal is demanding that the right axis labels face
|> > inwards in the figures I recently submitted.  I am really at a loss
|> > because these editors are inflexible with respect to their in-house
|> > journal styles.
|> This is not pretty, but if I have understood correctly it should do what you

Nor is the result it achieves.

|> coordinate system.  As I said, it is not pretty :)
|> Paul

What can be done, though, if you're stuck with an intransigent editor,
is to edit the postscript file; find the part that has your right axis
label and change the last number in the group of 4 which follow the
text from 90 to 270.  That's the srt bit.

Not pretty, but sometimes one has to do ugly things.... :-(


Patrick Connolly
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