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Thickness Isn't Thickness


The Line drawing capability in Illustrator allows you to select between 
what are called "butt", "round", or "projecting" caps as "Stroke 
attributes" on the ends of lines.

Does Mathematica allow anything similar?

(The Mathematica default seems to be the equivalent of "projecting caps", which 
make for problems if you're trying to have a thickened line intersect a 
thinner line or other geometrical figure at 90 degrees, with the 
endpoint of the thicker line located on that figure, as is analytically 
convenient.  The end of the thick line then project through the thinner 
line, which is not wanted.)

(And one could argue that "Thickness", taken literally, should increase 
the thickness but NOT the length of a line, as Mathematica unfortunately 
does.)


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