[R] WMF on Unix

Prof Brian D Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue Jan 16 08:25:49 CET 2001

On Mon, 15 Jan 2001, Peter Kleiweg wrote:

> Prof Brian Ripley skriver...
> > 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!
> Asuming WMF is the same as Windows Metafile, GSview seems to
> have solved the trick. Why not let GSview deal with it. Why
> bother recreating what's already available and working fine.
> Perhaps all that's needed is a little documentation on how to
> best export graphics from R to Word using GSview.

Well, perhaps you can tell us how.  I've just searched again the GSView
documentation, which only links to `adding an EPS Preview', and that says
it adds an uncompressed bitmap, not what is required.  We ahve lot sof ways
to produce bitmapped graphics.

We seem to have lots of suggestions, but what we are in need of is
working code that

(a) provides an R graphics driver that runs on Unix
(b) produces vector Windows metafiles, preferably enhanced metafiles
(c) whose output has been tested in a wide range of Windows applications.

Those of you who think this is easy please supply!

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