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Re: FrameLabel text rotation problem in LINUX

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  • Subject: [mg32454] Re: FrameLabel text rotation problem in LINUX
  • From: Jens-Peer Kuska <kuska at>
  • Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2002 03:19:15 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: Universitaet Leipzig
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X-Window can only draw the charackters in it's normal
orientation. A window system that uses outline fonts
like MacOS of MS-Windows show the rotated labels correct.

The output is PostScript and PostScript *can* rotate the
fonts -- so the printout is correct.

You can rewrite the X-Window font rendering engine, submitt
it to the X-consortium and hope that in two or five years
the problem is resolved.

For short labels you can try RotateLabel->False and avoid the
rotation in the graphics at all.


"Loren J. Gibson" wrote:
> I'm running Mathematica v. under Red Hat LINUX 7.1. (The X server
> I'm using is XFree86 version 4.0.2, I believe.) When I use Plot (and
> ListPlot; haven't checked other plotting functions yet) to plot a function
> with the options Axes -> False, Frame -> True, and FrameLabel -> {"x axis
> text", "y axis text"}], the y axis label will be oriented such that the
> baseline of the text is parallel to the y axis, but the individual
> characters of the text are not rotated in the front end display. The label
> appears like this in the front end rendering of the plot:
> t
> x
> e
> t
> s
> i
> x
> a
> y
> Printing the notebook to a Postscript file and inspecting with GhostView
> shows that the individual characters are properly rotated on printout. Does
> this suggest a front end problem, or perhaps a problem in X?
> If hard copy prints out OK, I can tolerate the goofy rendering in the front
> end, but is there something I can do to fix this? TIA.

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