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st: Bold text in graphs

From   "Kieran McCaul" <[email protected]>
To   <[email protected]>
Subject   st: Bold text in graphs
Date   Wed, 5 Dec 2007 11:54:39 +0900


When I produce graphs, I generally convert them to postscript via "graph

I was asked today if it was possible to "bold" some of the text that I'd
placed in a graph.

After a quick look at the manuals, my response was no.  Consequently, I
got around the problem of adding emphasis to this text by increasing its
size.  Nevertheless, I can see situations where bolding text or placing
text in italics might come in handy.

Obviously postscript provides the fonts required for this, but I'm not
sure that the default font used by Stata does.  I suspect not.

Does anyone know how text is bolded in postscript?  Is it some sort of
ASCII character sequence?  I'm thinking that if there is some ASCII
sequence like this, while it may have no effect on the Stata graph, it
might survive the "graph export" translation to postscript.

Any help and/or suggestions would be appreciated.


Kieran McCaul MPH PhD
WA Centre for Health & Ageing (M573)
University of Western Australia
Level 6, Ainslie House
48 Murray St
Perth 6000
email: [email protected] 

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