Institut für Astronomie und Astrophysik
Abteilung AstronomieSand 1, D-72076 Tübingen, Germany
Create an annotation legend for a plot.
This procedure makes a legend for a plot. The legend can contain a mixture of symbols, linestyles, Hershey characters (vectorfont), and filled polygons (usersym). A test procedure, legendtest.pro, shows legend's capabilities. Placement of the legend is controlled with keywords like /right, /top, and /center or by using a position keyword for exact placement (position=[x,y]) or via mouse (/position).
LEGEND [,items][,keyword options]
The call: legend,['Plus sign','Asterisk','Period'],psym=[1,2,3] produces: ----------------- | | | + Plus sign | | * Asterisk | | . Period | | | ----------------- Each symbol is drawn with a plots command, so they look OK. Other examples are given in optional output keywords. lines = indgen(6) ; for line styles items = 'linestyle '+strtrim(lines,2) ; annotations legend,items,linestyle=lines ; vertical legend---upper left items = ['Plus sign','Asterisk','Period'] sym = [1,2,3] legend,items,psym=sym ; ditto except using symbols legend,items,psym=sym,/horizontal ; horizontal format legend,items,psym=sym,box=0 ; sans border legend,items,psym=sym,delimiter='=' ; embed '=' betw psym & text legend,items,psym=sym,margin=2 ; 2-character margin legend,items,psym=sym,position=[x,y] ; upper left in data coords legend,items,psym=sym,pos=[x,y],/norm ; upper left in normal coords legend,items,psym=sym,pos=[x,y],/device ; upper left in device coords legend,items,psym=sym,/position ; interactive position legend,items,psym=sym,/right ; at upper right legend,items,psym=sym,/bottom ; at lower left legend,items,psym=sym,/center ; approximately near center legend,items,psym=sym,number=2 ; plot two symbols, not one legend,items,/fill,psym=[8,8,8],colors=[10,20,30]; 3 filled squares
items = text for the items in the legend, a string array. For example, items = ['diamond','asterisk','square']. You can omit items if you don't want any text labels.
linestyle = array of linestyle numbers If linestyle[i] < 0, then omit ith symbol or line to allow a multi-line entry. If linestyle = -99 then text will be left-justified. psym = array of plot symbol numbers. If psym[i] is negative, then a line connects pts for ith item. If psym[i] = 8, then the procedure usersym is called with vertices define in the keyword usersym. If psym[i] = 88, then use the previously defined user symbol vectorfont = vector-drawn characters for the sym/line column, e.g., ['!9B!3','!9C!3','!9D!3'] produces an open square, a checkmark, and a partial derivative, which might have accompanying items ['BOX','CHECK','PARTIAL DERIVATIVE']. There is no check that !p.font is set properly, e.g., -1 for X and 0 for PostScript. This can produce an error, e.g., use !20 with PostScript and !p.font=0, but allows use of Hershey *AND* PostScript fonts together. N. B.: Choose any of linestyle, psym, and/or vectorfont. If none is present, only the text is output. If more than one is present, all need the same number of elements, and normal plot behaviour occurs. By default, if psym is positive, you get one point so there is no connecting line. If vectorfont[i] = '', then plots is called to make a symbol or a line, but if vectorfont[i] is a non-null string, then xyouts is called. /help = flag to print header /horizontal = flag to make the legend horizontal /vertical = flag to make the legend vertical (D=vertical) box = flag to include/omit box around the legend (D=include) outline_color = color of box outline (D = !P.color) clear = flag to clear the box area before drawing the legend delimiter = embedded character(s) between symbol and text (D=none) colors = array of colors for plot symbols/lines (D=!P.color) textcolors = array of colors for text (D=!P.color) margin = margin around text measured in characters and lines spacing = line spacing (D=bit more than character height) pspacing = psym spacing (D=3 characters) (when number of symbols is greater than 1) charsize = just like !p.charsize for plot labels charthick = just like !p.charthick for plot labels thick = array of line thickness numbers (D = !P.thick), if used, then linestyle must also be specified position = data coordinates of the /top (D) /left (D) of the legend normal = use normal coordinates for position, not data device = use device coordinates for position, not data number = number of plot symbols to plot or length of line (D=1) usersym = 2-D array of vertices, cf. usersym in IDL manual. (/USERSYM =square, default is to use existing USERSYM definition) /fill = flag to fill the usersym /left_legend = flag to place legend snug against left side of plot window (D) /right_legend = flag to place legend snug against right side of plot window. If /right,pos=[x,y], then x is position of RHS and text runs right-to-left. /top_legend = flag to place legend snug against top of plot window (D) /bottom = flag to place legend snug against bottom of plot window /top,pos=[x,y] and /bottom,pos=[x,y] produce same positions. If LINESTYLE, PSYM, VECTORFONT, THICK, COLORS, or TEXTCOLORS are supplied as scalars, then the scalar value is set for every line or symbol in the legend.
legend to current plot device
corners = 4-element array, like !p.position, of the normalized coords for the box (even if box=0): [llx,lly,urx,ury]. Useful for multi-column or multi-line legends, for example, to make a 2-column legend, you might do the following: c1_items = ['diamond','asterisk','square'] c1_psym = [4,2,6] c2_items = ['solid','dashed','dotted'] c2_line = [0,2,1] legend,c1_items,psym=c1_psym,corners=c1,box=0 legend,c2_items,line=c2_line,corners=c2,box=0,pos=[c1,c1] c = [c1
c2,c1>c2] plots,[c,c,c,c,c],[c,c,c,c,c],/norm Useful also to place the legend. Here's an automatic way to place the legend in the lower right corner. The difficulty is that the legend's width is unknown until it is plotted. In this example, the legend is plotted twice: the first time in the upper left, the second time in the lower right. legend,['1','22','333','4444'],linestyle=indgen(4),corners=corners ; BOGUS LEGEND---FIRST TIME TO REPORT CORNERS xydims = [corners-corners,corners-corners] ; SAVE WIDTH AND HEIGHT chdim=[!d.x_ch_size/float(!d.x_size),!d.y_ch_size/float(!d.y_size)] ; DIMENSIONS OF ONE CHARACTER IN NORMALIZED COORDS pos = [!x.window-chdim-xydims $ ,!y.window+chdim+xydims] ; CALCULATE POSITION FOR LOWER RIGHT plot,findgen(10) ; SIMPLE PLOT; YOU DO WHATEVER YOU WANT HERE. legend,['1','22','333','4444'],linestyle=indgen(4),pos=pos ; REDO THE LEGEND IN LOWER RIGHT CORNER You can modify the pos calculation to place the legend where you want. For example to place it in the upper right: pos = [!x.window-chdim-xydims,!y.window-xydims]
If keyword help is set, call doc_library to print header. See notes in the code. Much of the code deals with placement of the legend. The main problem with placement is not being able to sense the length of a string before it is output. Some crude approximations are used for centering.
Here are some things that aren't implemented. - An orientation keyword would allow lines at angles in the legend. - An array of usersyms would be nice---simple change. - An order option to interchange symbols and text might be nice. - Somebody might like double boxes, e.g., with box = 2. - Another feature might be a continuous bar with ticks and text. - There are no guards to avoid writing outside the plot area. - There is no provision for multi-line text, e.g., '1st line!c2nd line' Sensing !c would be easy, but !c isn't implemented for PostScript. A better way might be to simply output the 2nd line as another item but without any accompanying symbol or linestyle. A flag to omit the symbol and linestyle is linestyle[i] = -1. - There is no ability to make a title line containing any of titles for the legend, for the symbols, or for the text.
write, 24-25 Aug 92, F K Knight (firstname.lastname@example.org) allow omission of items or omission of both psym and linestyle, add corners keyword to facilitate multi-column legends, improve place- ment of symbols and text, add guards for unequal size, 26 Aug 92, FKK add linestyle(i)=-1 to suppress a single symbol/line, 27 Aug 92, FKK add keyword vectorfont to allow characters in the sym/line column, 28 Aug 92, FKK add /top, /bottom, /left, /right keywords for automatic placement at the four corners of the plot window. The /right keyword forces right-to-left printing of menu. 18 Jun 93, FKK change default position to data coords and add normal, data, and device keywords, 17 Jan 94, FKK add /center keyword for positioning, but it is not precise because text string lengths cannot be known in advance, 17 Jan 94, FKK add interactive positioning with /position keyword, 17 Jan 94, FKK allow a legend with just text, no plotting symbols. This helps in simply describing a plot or writing assumptions done, 4 Feb 94, FKK added thick, symsize, and clear keyword Feb 96, W. Landsman HSTX David Seed, HR Wallingford, email@example.com allow scalar specification of keywords, Mar 96, W. Landsman HSTX added charthick keyword, June 96, W. Landsman HSTX Made keyword names left,right,top,bottom,center longer, Aug 16, 2000, Kim Tolbert Added ability to have regular text lines in addition to plot legend lines in legend. If linestyle is -99 that item is left-justified. Previously, only option for no sym/line was linestyle=-1, but then text was lined up after sym/line column. 10 Oct 2000, Kim Tolbert Make default value of thick = !P.thick W. Landsman Jan. 2001 Don't overwrite existing USERSYM definition W. Landsman Mar. 2002 Added outline_color BT 24 MAY 2004
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