[R] Question regarding legend look

Duncan Murdoch murdoch.duncan at gmail.com
Wed Dec 1 18:25:46 CET 2010

On 01/12/2010 10:13 AM, Filoche wrote:
> Hi everyone.
> I have a quick question regarding the look of my legend in my plot. As you
> can see in the next figure, I have 3 series.
> http://r.789695.n4.nabble.com/file/n3067466/legend.png
> However, I find rather difficult to differentiate the series 1 and 3
> according to their line type (lty). I would like to know if it was possible
> to make the line type in the legend to appear more clearly. For example, to
> give more horizontal space each side of the symbols "square" to have a
> better idea of the line type.

There is no parameter to the legend function to control this, but it is 
pure R code, so you could write your own by modifying the legend() function.

If you take a look at legend, you'll see that it draws lines of length 2 
(in some units) when do.lines is TRUE.  Change that to a bigger number, 
and you'll get longer lines.  You'll also need to fiddle with the size 
of the box, or the legend won't fit.  (I think xbox is the variable 
holding its width.)

Duncan Murdoch

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