[R] How to specify fonts

Ross Ihaka ihaka at stat.auckland.ac.nz
Tue Jul 4 00:26:18 CEST 2000

On Tue, Jul 04, 2000 at 09:47:09AM +1200, Patrick Connolly wrote:
> In Splus, if I wanted to use Bookman-Demi instead of the default
> Helvetica, I would specify font = 18 as a graphical parameter for a
> postscript printer.
> In R it seems font can take only the values 1 to 4 which change only
> the style but it's still Helvetica.  There's some great flexibility
> using Hershey vector fonts, but it appears they are all mono-spaced.

There is a ``family'' argument to the postcript device driver.
You can choose "AvantGarde", "Bookman", "Courier", "Helvetica",
"Helvetica-Narrow", "NewCenturySchoolbook", "Palatino" or "Times".

Of course, sans-serif fonts are less distracting to the eye ...

> I wish to use proportional spacing, with subscripts and Hershey vector
> fonts.  Is that possible?  The help for text() or par() does not make
> it clear to me.  Other ideas greatly appreciated.

Ummm.   Could you be a bt more precise about what you are trying to do?

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