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Re: On order of options to Graphics

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  • Subject: [mg70372] Re: On order of options to Graphics
  • From: Bill Rowe <readnewsciv at sbcglobal.net>
  • Date: Sat, 14 Oct 2006 03:07:56 -0400 (EDT)

On 10/13/06 at 1:30 AM, nma at 12000.org (Nasser Abbasi) wrote:

>"Bill Rowe" <readnewsciv at sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
>news:egi1os$j9l$1 at smc.vnet.net...

>>>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.

Aah... Now I understand. Not as illogical as I suggested. Think 
of giving Mathematica direction as

"With thickness 2 and color red, draw a line from ... "

Or in other words, the sequence is to pick up a red pen with the 
proper thickness then start drawing.
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