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Re: On order of options to Graphics

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  • Subject: [mg70323] Re: On order of options to Graphics
  • From: "Nasser Abbasi" <nma at>
  • Date: Fri, 13 Oct 2006 01:30:05 -0400 (EDT)
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  • Reply-to: "Nasser Abbasi" <nma at>

"Bill Rowe" <readnewsciv at> wrote in message 
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>>It seems more logical to me to write {Primitive,Directive}.

> This seems totally illogical to me. This is asking Mathematica
> to draw a primitive before the directives on how to draw that
> primitive are given. Why would you expect this to work? Clearly,
> all Mathematica can do is draw the primitive with default directives.

I am looking at this from the point of view that it is more normal to say :

        "Draw a line with thickness 2 and color red".

Rather than say :

         "Draw with thickness 2 and color red a line"

Which is what Mathematica wants. That is why I said the order is not logical 
to me.

Any way, This is not a problem, I'll get used to it.

But I'll be happy if Mathematica documentation can explicitly give the order 
required and not leave it for the user to guess or to have to experiment or 
read other books in order to determine the correct calling signature.

I do not think is something too much to ask from the help system to provide.


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