[R] Text position in Traditional Graphics

Mike Prager mike.prager at noaa.gov
Wed Jan 24 22:30:23 CET 2007

R 2.4.1 on Windows XP.

Question:  In traditional graphics, is it possible to find out
the height of a line of text in units that can be used in
arithmetic and then in calls to text()? 

Context:  I have written a function that draws a plot and then,
depending on whether some arguments are TRUE or FALSE, draws
various lines of text in the plot. The text lines may be turned
on or off individually by the user. The function uses plot() and
several calls to text().

However, I have not found a good way to adjust the Y coordinate
of the text for lines after the first. I would like this to work
when the graphics device (windows) is opened at (or resized to)
a wide range of sizes.  The issue is that a line of text takes
up a smaller fraction of the total Y span of the plotting region
as the window gets larger.

It seems this can be done with grid graphics, but although I
plan to learn grid, I am hoping that for now, I can do this work
with traditional graphics.


Mike Prager, NOAA, Beaufort, NC
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