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RE: thickness of axes

  • To: mathgroup at
  • Subject: [mg39729] RE: [mg39702] thickness of axes
  • From: "David Park" <djmp at>
  • Date: Mon, 3 Mar 2003 23:50:40 -0500 (EST)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at


Add an AxesStyle option.

Plot[x^3, {x, -1, 1},
    PlotRange -> All,
    AxesStyle -> AbsoluteThickness[2],
    ImageSize -> 400];

But does that really look better? The main information is the curve. Should
the axes dominate over the curve? Edward R. Tufte in his books on graphics
uses the principle of "minimum effective difference" for ancillary
information. Using the minimum effective difference for ancillary
information leaves more graphical space for the main information to shine
through. According to that, the axes should be softened and not emphasized.
Something like this...

Plot[x^3, {x, -1, 1},
    PlotRange -> All,
    Frame -> True,
    Axes -> True,
    AxesStyle -> GrayLevel[0.75],
    ImageSize -> 400];

David Park
djmp at

-----Original Message-----
From: Rodolphe [mailto:rodolphe_lampe at]
To: mathgroup at
Subject: [mg39729] [mg39702] thickness of axes

How can I make axes more thick ?


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