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RE: st: RE: fill bars


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: RE: fill bars
Date   Fri, 4 Apr 2003 17:40:17 +0100

Edwin Leuven
> 
> On Fri Apr 4 2003 18:07, Nick Cox wrote:
> > I still assert that Stata has never (>= 2.0) offered
> > a menu of point or line patterns.
> 
> fact is that i had patterns
> 
> http://www1.fee.uva.nl/scholar/mdw/leuven/stata/pie.gif

Your examples make it clear that we are talking about 
the same feature of Stata. 

Naturally, you are free to call these patterns and 
to regard them as a loss if you liked them. 

In Stata documentation, they were implementations of 
different shadings (i.e. different intensities), 
not qualitatively different fills. That different 
intensities were obtained thereby was, I guess, a 
reflection of some hardware consideration in the late 
1980s when -graph- was implemented in Stata. In 
particular, Stata graphs had to be printable 
on all sorts of different printers and showable 
on all sorts of different monitors. 

To my eye, they are vibratory. As said, Tufte 
is, to me, utterly convincing that such patterns are 
distracting and a bad idea in general. 

Graphical design, evidently, remains partly a 
matter of taste, so we might have to agree to differ here. 

Nick 
n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk 
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