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RE: Thickness Isn't Thickness

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  • Subject: [mg29931] RE: [mg29918] Thickness Isn't Thickness
  • From: "David Park" <djmp at>
  • Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2001 03:56:57 -0400 (EDT)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

I would like to second this complaint. It is one of the minor weaknesses in
Mathematica graphics. I also would like to have finer control of the line
thickness. There is too large a jump between the minimum thickness and the
next larger thickness. Is this machine-monitor dependent?

David Park
djmp at

> From: aes [mailto:siegman at]
To: mathgroup at
> 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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