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Re: Epilog -vs- Prolog -vs- DisplayTogether

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  • Subject: [mg58101] Re: Epilog -vs- Prolog -vs- DisplayTogether
  • From: AES <siegman at>
  • Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2005 06:07:57 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Stanford University
  • References: <d8u5l4$81e$>
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In article <d8u5l4$81e$1 at>, nafod40 <noneya at> 

> Subject says it all. It is not clear to me the benefits of Epilog and 
> Prolog over DisplayTogether, or when I'd use Epilog versus Prolog or 
> vice versa. Mathematica book is kind of lean in that area. Anyone want to 
> offer 
> up some suggestions? What motivated their implementation in the first place?

1)  Prolog/Epilog lets you add various kinds of markup or annotation 
(lines, text, special points) to a single plot, in addition to the 
functions, data, points or curves that are the basic part of the plot.

The (only?) difference between Prolog and Epilog is which stuff gets 
"painted" into the graphic first; Prolog stuff will be "under" the plot 
material, Epilog stuff "over" the plot material.

2)  DisplayTogether [which I love] lets you plot multiple kinds of 
plots, curves, functions, plots with different ranges, etc., on a single 
plot, with a single set of axes.  

It's so handy because you can learn to use the simple basic Plot, 
ListPlot, LogPlot, whatever other plot commands you need, then combine a 
bunch of these plots with DT, rather than having to learn the much more 
complex (and much less reliable) syntax of commands like 

Add'l notes:  

You can assign options for the total DT plot (ImageSize, Frame, 
PlotStyle, etc) after the individual plots.

A DT graphic can only have a single Prolog and/or Epilog; if you DT 
several plots, each having a Prolog or Epilog within them, only the 
first?/last?/???? of these gets used.  (I haven't tried to figure out 
the exact rules.)

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