[Rd] Defaults for postscript()
p.murrell at auckland.ac.nz
Thu Dec 6 19:30:47 CET 2007
Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
> The defaults for postscript()
> paper = "default"
> onefile = TRUE
> horizontal = TRUE
> (it seems) date from the days when people used to used this to send plots
> directly to a postscript printer via print.it=TRUE. I haven't done that
> for years, and it seems that our current generation of students don't even
> know the concept. It seems 'horizontal = TRUE' is particularly difficult
> to grasp.
> Given that I suspect almost all uses of postscript() are to produce plots
> to be viewed on-screen or incorporated into another document, a more
> appropriate set of defaults would be
> width = 7, height = 7
Wouldn't that be better as width = 6, height = 6 to match pdf() ?
> paper = "special"
> onefile = FALSE
> horizontal = FALSE
> which would have the advantage of using the same default aspect ratio for
> plots as all (?) other R graphics devices.
> Does anyone see a reason not to change the defaults?
Dr Paul Murrell
Department of Statistics
The University of Auckland
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paul at stat.auckland.ac.nz
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