[R] Making my own graphics device

Thomas Levine _ at thomaslevine.com
Mon Aug 18 08:25:55 CEST 2014

Thanks for the further tips! I'll look at the R Internals manual,
the other built-in devices, and the RSvgDevice package. And I'm
still looking for the S source code, but I have a feeling that I'll
wind up writing the device before I find the source code.

> It may be useful to look at existing interfaces to an HPGL device in other graphics applications. One such application is xgraph and here is the C code for one implementation:
> http://xgraph.sourcearchive.com/documentation/12.1-3/hpgl_8c-source.html
> The other option might be to enlist an external program such as GNUPLOT that has an HPGL output and use it as a driver to which you send an image in a file format that R can produce.

While this would be a good idea for pretty much any other file format,
it probably will make things more complicated for HPGL as the structure
of base R graphics is kind of exactly the same as HPGL.


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