[Rd] Thanks (More plotting comments)

Prof Brian D Ripley ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue, 15 Feb 2000 07:36:17 +0000 (GMT)

On Tue, 15 Feb 2000, Telford Tendys wrote:

[quoting various people without attribution]

> > In the technical sense of S graphics you want to include figure regions
> > not plot regions in other publications.  (In years of doing this
> > and scores of publications I have only once moved the axis labels.)
> I guess there is something I'm not understanding here. If I draw a diagram
> in xfig and export to eps then it exports exactly that diagram, trimmed
> right to the edges of whatever lines are in that picture. Then I import
> it into Latex which takes the bounding box and presumes everything in that
> box is picture. Latex then adds a little space before and after the picture,
> and centres the picture in the column of text. I add the caption under the
> figure at the Latex stage rather than have it built into the figure because
> that provides automatic figure numbering, font consistency, indexing,
> references in the text, etc.

And you will see the centring looks wrong, as the `box' is not centred but
the box plus text on the left only. Professionals tell me this is a common
mistake by LaTeX users.  (Actually, LaTeX does not add any space
before or after the picture, although your macro package might, and the
`center' environment does. The standard graphics inclusion mechanism,
graphicx, builds a TeX box exactly enclosing the bounding box.)

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk
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