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Re: graphics file format

From: John W. Eaton
Subject: Re: graphics file format
Date: Tue, 9 Mar 1999 03:09:41 -0600 (CST)

On 10-Feb-1999, (Ted Harding) <address@hidden> wrote:

| Once again, the main problem with moving away from gnuplot for octave
| is that contouring and syrface drawing routines have to be created within
| octave itself: octave so far relies on guplot to do these jobs.

Not to mention the fact that Octave supports weird gnpulot syntax that
would either have to be duplicated for other graphics packages (a lot
of work), left in as an interface to gnuplot only (maintenance
trouble), or just plain scrapped (probably not a popular option).

This should provide a lesson for those who would like to tack a GUI
toolkit or graphics package on to Octave by providing a simple
interface that exposes details of the underlying package.  It seems
like a great idea until you decide that the underlying graphics
package is not what you really want.  By then you have a lot code that
depends on the interface and it is difficult to change.  I wish I had
paid more attention to this problem way back when.

Catching up on old mail,


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