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Re: st: RE: Adjusting economist scheme

From   "Data Analytics Corp." <>
Subject   Re: st: RE: Adjusting economist scheme
Date   Tue, 12 Apr 2011 08:03:35 -0400


Thanks all for the feedback. I'm slowly picking away at the scheme file. I created my own economist file and am slowly making changes there as I find lines that impact the style I want. Documentation would help with this.




Walter R. Paczkowski, Ph.D.
Data Analytics Corp.
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Plainsboro, NJ 08536
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On 4/11/2011 11:26 AM, Nick Cox wrote:
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:

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 Radwin
Research Associate
MPR Associates, Inc.
2150 Shattuck Ave., Suite 800
Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone: 510-849-4942
Fax: 510-849-0794

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Subject: st: Adjusting economist scheme


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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