[R] WMF on Unix

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Mon Jan 15 17:34:56 CET 2001

A few of you have helpfully sent me references to WMF formats.
There is also some code to _read_ it at


However, the issue is to _write_ WMF on R under Unix.  I am told (by
someone who has tried) that the problem is the if you write a WMF
file according to the published specs (which were once issued
by Microsoft) you find that e.g. Word does not read it as you expected.

It seems to me that an unreliable WMF writer is worse than none.
In essence we have that problem on R for Windows now: the metafiles
written there are in the wrong resolution (and I do know why) and hence
are misinterpreted.   However, when I try to write them in the
right resolution, they are interpreted worse by Word, but correctly
by another viewer!

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Professor of Applied Statistics,  http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/~ripley/
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