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Contour plot legend

  • To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
  • Subject: [mg80508] Contour plot legend
  • From: "jeremy rutman" <jeremy_spagnet at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2007 06:27:48 -0400 (EDT)

Is there no simple way to get a decent legend in a contour plot?
{simple+decent for me is : automatic colours and numbers that correspond to 
the plot}

Once upon a time there was a LabelContour package by the venerable Tom 
Wickham-Jones, which
made a decent contour plot legend without days of hassle.  This has been 
successfully broken in version 6.01.

I tried both  ContourLabels -> Automatic   which puts labels in arbitrary
and often horrific places, and Legend from the plotlegend package which 
seems to require that I specify the colors and values by hand which would 
probably waste me several days of work figuring out how to do it.
I would use ContourLabels -> Automatic  if I could make the labels' colour 
automatically have maximum contrast with the background colour (e.g. 
opposite colour on colour wheel; in the help example i only saw a fixed and 
repugnant white bkcgnd) but again this seems like it would take quite some 
time futzing around.

An interesting post from the archive:
>I am very frustrated by the Legend package.
...
>>Truely, Legend sucks:)

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