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Re: I hate using Legend

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  • Subject: [mg29160] Re: I hate using Legend
  • From: Jens-Peer Kuska <kuska at>
  • Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2001 04:15:24 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Universitaet Leipzig
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the legend package is a shame !

The main problem is, that Mathematica 
does not scale the font size and one has to
adjust the fonts by hand trying the final
image size.

There is no easy answer because the ImageSize is the
option to the outer Graphics[] that enclose the two
rectangles with the graphiocs and the legend. One 
must "post process" the Graphics[] object to bring the
real extension to the font size of the legend labels.


Brett Patterson wrote:
> I am very frustrated by the Legend package.
> I have tried using it on and off for several years now,
> and I am always dissatisfied with its output.
> The main difficulty I have is with the size of the legend box
> being too small for the key label I want to use.
> It works fine for single (or a few) letter labels,
> but seems to screw up for a label of more than about 10 characters.
> The box clips the longer labels.
> I've tried using LabelTextSpacing, etc but it then
> opens a can of worms trying to balance all the spacings
> to get a decent label.
> Does anyone else have these problems with Legend?
> Are there any easy answers?
> Regards,
> Brett Patterson

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