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st: RE: Stata 8 graphics
R. Allan Reese
> I have some bad news and good news:
> Under Stata 7 you could (still can) draw any self-designed
> plot using the
> gph commands starting with a blank screen. That system
> seems to have been
> abandoned - you have to start from a basic graph type. I
> mention this
> because of a couple of recent requests could have been met
> by writing a
> program of gph calls.
The bad news is not really news, and in
a sense not correct either. Various
postings on Statalist have touched on this over the last
Underneath what you see documented in [G]
in 8 are various levels of graphics. Call what
is visible now the "upper level" and call
what is below and -- roughly -- equivalent
to -gph- the "middle level". There are lower
We have been assured that the middle level will
be documented for user-programmers in due course.
My own guess from the runes is that this will
be done before the sixth Harry Potter book appears.
It is in the plans, however.
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