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Re: Bug in Graphics Text under Linux

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  • Subject: [mg51706] Re: Bug in Graphics Text under Linux
  • From: "Kevin J. McCann" <kmccann at>
  • Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2004 03:40:42 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: University of Maryland, Baltimore County
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I believe that OS10 uses X11 (XFreeBSD or somesuch).


Bill Rowe wrote:
> On 10/27/04 at 1:54 AM, kmccann at (Kevin) wrote:
>>This problem has been presented before, but I have not used
>>Mathematica under Linux in a while. Under 5.0 (and earlier
>>versions) I find that graphic text that runs other than horizontal
>>is not properly rendered. For example, if I plot something like
>>Text[StyleForm["Scattered Wave", FontSize -> 12], {5.5, 3.2}, {0,
>>0}, {1, 0.55}]
>>I get "Scattered Wave" running off at about 30deg, but each letter
>>is horizontal. This problem produces an even more absurd result for
>>y-axis labels for which the label runs vertically but the letters
>>are horizontal.
>>The last time I tuned in on this, Wolfram support said it was a
>>problem with X11. Perhaps, but it is still a BUG in the Linux
>>product that makes Mathematica on Linux unusable in the classroom.
>>Does anyone know of a workaround?
> The problem you describe above is not just a problem with X11 and Linux. It also occurs with Mathematica running on Mac OS 10.3.
> I have seen various workarounds, none entirely satisfatory. One approach is to use Hershey fonts. There is a package on Wolfram's web site which allows usage of Herhey fonts in Mathematica. This approach is nice in that everything is handled within Mathematica. But placing and sizing the text the way you want is somewhat time consuming. Also, the choice of fonts is more limited. But reasonable appearing plots can be generated with this approach.
> The other workaround I've used for reports is to generated the plots without problematical text, convert the Mathematica notebook to a PDF file and use a third party application to edit the resulting PDF file manually adding the text in the way I want. The end result usually looks better than what I get with Hershey fonts, but I really prefer something that can be handled within Mathematica.
> Another possible workaround might be to use Publicon. Does anyone know if this issue exists within Publicon?
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