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Re: st: bar graph axis color- frustrated


From   "Michael N. Mitchell" <Michael.Norman.Mitchell@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: bar graph axis color- frustrated
Date   Fri, 11 Jun 2010 09:24:55 -0700

Dear All

As a related point to Nick's comment, I think that these situations show the value of Statalist... tapping the collective smarts of people who came up with two different solutions and a great discussion for a somewhat rare problem. Sometimes the best "documentation" is asking some smart people. Nevertheless, I think this is an interesting enough situation that I have noted this for a future revision of VGSG and also will create a "Stata tidbit of the week" on this in the meanwhile.

Michael N. Mitchell
Data Management Using Stata      - http://www.stata.com/bookstore/dmus.html
A Visual Guide to Stata Graphics - http://www.stata.com/bookstore/vgsg.html
Stata tidbit of the week         - http://www.MichaelNormanMitchell.com

p.s. Many thanks for the kind comments on VGSG!

On 2010-06-11 3.03 AM, Nick Cox wrote:
This isn't (meant to be) contentious, but the thread does underline that
none of half-a-dozen experienced Stata users knew the answer just like
that, including Michael Mitchell who has written an entire book on Stata
graphics.

(I was asleep, but I wouldn't have known either.)

But the solution is documented and the tail statement in

"yvaroptions(over_subopts) allows you to specify over_subopts for the
yvars.  This is seldom done."

appears to be quite correct.

There is a fine line between answering all possible questions and
bloating the documentation further. Sometimes the longer your help
files, the less people are inclined to read through them.

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

Kieran McCaul

it's really buried away, isn't it.

Changing the look of the category axis is really something I would
expect people would want to do.  Perhaps the Graphics Manual could be
updated to show a few examples.



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