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Re: st: RE: Adjusting economist scheme

From   Nick Cox <>
Subject   Re: st: RE: Adjusting economist scheme
Date   Mon, 11 Apr 2011 16:26:56 +0100

Although David is basically right, I suggest that rummaging in the
scheme for -s2color- might help. What about -textboxsize note-?

Note that there's a fine balance here. If the choice is between
"sparse documentation" and "better documentation", the election result
is predictable. If the choice is between "better documentation that
only a few people will read" and "some other stuff that many more
people will use", it's not so clear-cut.

It's a chicken-and-egg question. I remember vividly that once I
learned on the release of Stata 8 that you could define your own
schemes, I was convinced that I would do that one day, but I never
have to date. Whether that would have been different if there had been
50 pages of manuals documenting schemes in total detail, I cannot tell


On Mon, Apr 11, 2011 at 4:13 PM, David Radwin <> wrote:
> Walt,
> The documentation for -scheme-, official and otherwise (including
> Stata-list), is fairly sparse. I recall that when I was trying to
> customize a scheme a few years ago, the first edition of Michael
> Mitchell's "A Visual Guide to Stata Graphics" was the most helpful
> reference but not totally comprehensive. So I don't know if it will solve
> your problem or even if it can be solved.
> One helpful aspect of the book is that you can download examples of other
> schemes he created and learn by example, which sounds like your approach
> so far.
> David
> --
> David Radwin
> Research Associate
> MPR Associates, Inc.
> 2150 Shattuck Ave., Suite 800
> Berkeley, CA 94704
> Phone: 510-849-4942
> Fax: 510-849-0794
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: [mailto:owner-
>>] On Behalf Of Data Analytics Corp.
>> Sent: Monday, April 11, 2011 5:02 AM
>> To:
>> Subject: st: Adjusting economist scheme
>> Hi,
>> I want to use the economist scheme as the basis for a number of graphs I
>> have to produce for a client.  However, I want to make some
>> adjustments,  in particular the placement of notes -- I want them at the
>> bottom left corner.  I studied the economist scheme file and found how
>> to do this. I now want to go one step further and always use very small
>> type for the notes, but this I can't do.  I changed "gsize note" to
>> vsmall but this didn't work.  How can I change the scheme so that notes
>> are always very small?  I know I can always add the option size(vsmall)
>> to the notes command when I create the graph-- I want to avoid this by
>> having it part of the scheme.  Any suggestions?

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