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jgraph - filter for graph plotting to postscript  


jgraph [-p] [-P] [-L] [-comments] [filename ...]  


Jgraph takes the description of a graph or graphs and produces a postscript file on the standard output. Jgraph is ideal for plotting any mixture of scatter point graphs, line graphs, and/or bar graphs, and embedding the output into LaTeX, or any other text processing system which can read postscript.

Jgraph reads its input from the specified files. If no files are specified, then it reads from standard input.

The graph description language is simple enough to get nice looking graphs with a minimum of effort, yet powerful enough to give the user the flexibility to tailor the appearance of the graph to his or her individual preferences. This includes plotting multiple graphs and laying them out separately on the page (or pages).

As an example, if the user wanted to simply plot the points (2,3), (4,5), (1,6), the following would be enough of a specification file:

        newcurve pts 2 3 4 5 1 6

Now, if the user wanted to spruce the graph up by adding labels to the axes, connecting the points, and titling the graph, then the input could change to:

        newcurve pts 2 3 4 5 1 6 linetype solid
        xaxis label : X axis
        yaxis label : Y axis
        title : This is an example graph

If the user instead wanted this to be a bar graph with different endpoints on the axes, he/she could simply change the input to:

        xaxis min 0 max 5 label : X axis
        yaxis min 0 max 6 label : Y axis
        newcurve pts 2 3 4 5 1 6 marktype xbar
        title : This is an example bar graph

There are many more features of the description language, which are described below in the next section. Features which are not embedded within the description language are: line and function interpolation, function plotting, and pie graphs. The latter is impossible to do with the aid of jgraph, however, the others can be effected with jgraph mixed with awk or c. See FUNCTION PLOTTING AND OTHER NON-INHERENT FEATURES below.

Also below is a section HINTS AND EXAMPLE GRAPHS, which may give good ideas on how to use jgraph more effectively.  


The -P option produces postscript which can be piped directly to lpr, which can be displayed in an Xwindows environment with gs (ghostscript). Without this option, the output should be embedded within LaTeX or a similar text processing system.
The -L option produces a landscape plot.
The -p option re-prints the input on the standard output, only with all the defaults made explicit. This is useful for letting the user do his/her own special formatting, as it shows the explicit values that the defaults assume, so that they can be manipulated.
This option makes jgraph put comments into the output postscript. These make it easier for the user to wade through the final postscript if necessary.


The description language is essentially keywords followed by attributes. All keywords and attributes except for string attributes are tokens -- non-white-space characters surrounded by white-space. Special tokens are ``(*'', ``*)'', ``include'', ``:'', and ``shell'', which denote comments, include-file statements, string identifiers, and shell-include statements:
Comments are surrounded by the tokens ``(*'' ``*)'' as in Modula-2 (except that here, the tokens must be surrounded by white- space). Comments may be nested. If the comment runs to the end of a file, the last ``*)'' may be omitted.
Include-file statements
The token following an ``include'' token is expected to be a file name. The result of the statement is to include the contents of the file at that point. Include-file statments can be nested within included files, and within shell includes.
In places where strings are required (as in graph and curve labels), they are denoted by the token ``:''. The second character after the ``:'' starts the string, and the next newline character terminates it. Thus, the string ``Graph #1'' can be denoted as:

        : Graph #1<newline>


        Graph #1<newline>

One can get multiline strings by making a backslash the last character before the newline on all but the last line. Notice that in strings white-space is not ignored. This way of denoting strings allows the user to embed leading and trailing spaces, as well as the null string. For example, the null string ``'' is represented by:

        : <newline>

Once a string has been started, it may contain any character. Specifically, it may contain the sequence ``(*'', ``shell'', or ``include'' without starting a comment or including a file. Each line of a string must contain less than 1000 characters. Otherwise string sizes are limited only by the size of memory.
Shell-include statements
Shell include statements are of the form ``shell'', ``:'', and then a string. The result of the statement is that the string is executed (using popen, which passes the string to sh), and the standard output is included at that point. Shell-includes can be freely nested within include-files and other shell-includes. Shell commands may be more than one line, but must not exceed 1000 characters. The shell statement is not (yet) available on VMS.
In the descriptions below:
tk {integer}
means that token tk must be followed by an integer.
tk [integer]
means that tk may be followed by an integer, but doesn't have to. In most cases, if tk is not followed by an integer, then the command denoted by tk is ignored.
tk [{integer} {integer}]*
means that tk must be followed by an even number of integers.

Supported types other than integer are: {float} for floating point entries, {token} for any token, and {string} for a string as defined above.

This starts editing a new graph (see GRAPH EDITING COMMANDS). Note that multiple graphs may be drawn on the same page.
graph {integer}
This edits the graph denoted by {integer}. If the graph doesn't exist, then this command creates it and starts editing it. Newgraph is simply an abbreviation for graph n where n=0 if this is the first graph, otherwise n=m+1, where m is the largest number of any graph so far.
copygraph [integer]
This creates a new graph, and copies all the attributes from the graph [integer]'s x and y axes, as well as its x_translate and y_translate values, the clipping, the legend defaults, and the title defaults. If the [integer] is omitted, then it copies its values from the ``previous'' graph, which is defined to be the graph with the largest number less than the currrent graph's number. If the current graph has the smallest number, then it will take the last graph from the previous page of graphs. If there is no previous page, then an error will be flagged. (copygraph does not copy the values of the hash_at, mhash_at, and hash_label attributes).
This command is for plotting graphs on multiple pages. After a newpage, the graphs that the user enters will be plotted on a new page. New graphs and strings will be numbered starting with 0. Essentially, newpage is the same as appending together the output of separate calls of jgraph on the text before the newpage, and on the text after the newpage. Newpage will most likely produce bizarre results if the -P option is not specified.
X [float]

Y [float]
Postscript files to be embedded in LaTeX (and some other programs) contain a ``bounding box'' which defines the area which LaTeX will allocate for the postscript. Other programs use this bounding box as well, sometimes using it to define where to clip the postscript image. Jgraph uses the axis lines and labels, and the title to generate its bounding box. Most of the time that's good enough to work in LaTeX. The Y and X commands say to make the height and width of the bounding box at least Y and X inches, respectively, but to maintain the current centering of the graph. If you still need further control over the bounding box (e.g. to change the centering), try the bbox command. If there's more than one page in the jgraph file, Y, X and bbox values can be given for each graph.
bbox float float float float
If the Y and X commands aren't enough to help you define a good bounding box, this command lets you explicitly enter one which will go directly into the jgraph output. Its units are the final postscript units. It's probably best to use the -pFR option to see what the bounding box is that jgraph produces, and then alter that accordingly with bbox. The main use for this is to change the automatic centering that jgraph performs: Usually the center of the bounding box that jgraph computes is put at the center of the page. Changing the bbox changes this center.
preamble : {string}

preamble {token}

epilogue : {string}

epilogue {token}
These two commands allow the user to include strings or files (the token specifies the filename) which will be copied directly into jgraph's output. The preamble is included at the beginning of the output (after some initial postscript to set things up for jgraph), and the epilogue is included at the end. A good use for the preamble is to set up a postscript dictionary if you're using postscript marks.

These commands act on the current graph. Graph editing is terminated when one of the top-level description commands is given.

Edit the x or y axis (see AXIS EDITING COMMANDS)
This starts editing a new curve of the graph (see CURVE EDITING COMMANDS).
curve {integer}
This edits the curve denoted by {integer}. If the curve doesn't exist, then this command creates it and starts editing it. Newcurve and curve interact as newgraph and graph do.
This is an abbreviation for:

          newcurve marktype none linetype solid

copycurve [integer]
This starts editing a new curve of the graph, and copies all its values except for the points from curve [integer.] If the [integer] is omitted, then it copies its values from the last curve in this graph. If this graph currently has no curves, then it searches backwards from the previous graph.
This edits the title of the graph (see LABEL EDITING COMMANDS). The title is given a default location centered beneath the graph, and a default font size of 12, however, as with all labels, this can be changed.
The edits the legend of the graph (see LEGEND EDITING COMMANDS). As a default, the graph will contain a legend if any of its curves have labels.
This edits a new text string (see LABEL EDITING COMMANDS). This is useful as it allows the user to plot text on the graph as well as curves.
string {integer}

copystring [integer]
String and copystring are to newstring as curve and copycurve are to newcurve.

Border draws a square border around the area defined by the axes. Noborder specifies no border. Noborder is the default.

Clip specifies that all curves in the graph will be clipped -- that is, no points outside of the of axes will be plotted. Clipping can also be specified on a per-curve basis. The default is noclip.
This is an old command which is kept for backward compatibility. Copycurve. is equivalent to:

          newgraph inherit_axes

x_translate [float]

y_translate [float]
By default, the bottom left-hand corner of each graph is at point (0,0) (final postscript units). X_translate and Y_translate translate the bottom left-hand corner of the graph [float] inches. The main use of this is to draw more than one graph on a page. Note that jgraph considers all the graphs drawn on the page when it computes its bounding box for centering. Thus, if only one graph is drawn, it will always be centered on the page, regardless of its X_translate and Y_translate values. These values are used for relative placement of the graphs.
   To change the centering of the graphs, use
X [float]

Y [float]
These are the same as X and Y in the Top-level commands, except that they let the user continue editing the current graph.

These commands act on the current axis as chosen by xaxis or yaxis (see GRAPH EDITING COMMANDS). Axis editing terminates when a graph or top-level command is given. There are more advanced axis editing commands given below which have to do with moving the hash marks, adding new hash marks and labels, etc. See ADVANCED AXIS EDITING COMMANDS.

Set the axis to be linear or logarithmic. The default is linear. If the axis is set to be logarithmic, then values <= 0.0 will be disallowed, as they are at negative infinity on the axis.
min [float]

max [float]
Set the minimum and maximum values of this axis. Defaults depend on the points given. They can be seen by using the -p option. Unless stated, all units (for example point plotting, string plotting, etc.) will be in terms of the min and max values of the x and y axes.
size [float]
Set the size of this axis in inches.
log_base [float]
Set the base of the logarithmic axis. Default = 10. This is the value which determines which hash marks and hash labels are automatically produced.
hash [float]
Hash marks will be [float] units apart. Default = -1. If this value equals 0, then there will be no hash marks. If this value is less than 0, then the hash marks will be automatically set by jgraph (see -p for the value). By default, each hash mark will be labeled with its value. Hash and shash are ignored if the axes are logarithmic.
shash [float]
Make sure there is a hash mark at the point [float] along the axis. The default is set by jgraph if hash = -1. If hash is set by the user, shash is defaulted to the min value of the axis.
mhash [integer]
Put [integer] minor hash marks between the above hash marks. Default = -1. If this value equals 0, then there will be no minor hash marks. If this value is negative, then the value will be chosen by jgraph (see -p for the value).
precision [integer]
hash_format token
These control how jgraph formats the automatic hash labels. The user shouldn't have to worry about these values, except in extreme cases. Jgraph uses printf to format the labels. If hash_format is ``f'' (the default), then the value of a hash label is printed with

        printf("%.*f", precision, value).

Other valid hash_format values are ``G'', ``g'', ``E'', and ``e''. ``G'' is a good generic format which converts to scientific notation if the value becomes too big or too small. If the precision is negative, then jgraph chooses a default: For ``g'' and ``G'', the default is 6. For ``e'' and ``E'', the default is 0, and for ``f'', jgraph tries to determine a reasonable default. Please read the man page of prinf(1) for a complete description of how it formats floating point numbers.

Edit the label of this axis (see LABEL EDITING COMMANDS). By default, the label is in font ``Times-Bold'', and has a font size of 10. If the user doesn't change any of the plotting attributes of the label, jgraph chooses an appropriate place for the axis label.
draw_at [float]
Draw the axis line at this point on the other axis. The default is usually the other axis's min, however if hash_scale is positive (see hash_scale under ADVANCED AXIS EDITING), it will be the other axis's max.
Do not draw the axis, the hash marks or any labels. This is useful for plotting points with no axes, and for overlaying graphs on top of one another with no clashes. This is equivalent to no_draw_axis, no_draw_axis_label, no_draw_hash_marks, and no_draw_hash_labels.
Cancels the effect of nodraw. Default = draw. This is equivalent to draw_axis, draw_axis_label, draw_hash_marks, and draw_hash_labels.

Grid_lines specifies to plot a grid line at each major hash mark on this axis. The default is no_grid_lines.

Mgrid_lines specifies to plot a grid line at each minor hash mark on this axis. The default is no_mgrid_lines.

These commands act on the current curve as chosen by newcurve or curve (see GRAPH EDITING COMMANDS). Curve editing terminates when a graph or top-level command is given.
pts [{float} {float}]*
This sets the points to plot in this curve. The first float is the x value, and the second float is the y value of the point. Points are plotted in the order specified. This command stops reading points when a non-float is given. The user can specify this command multiple times within a curve -- each time, simply more points are added to the curve.
x_epts [{float} {float} {float} {float}]*

y_epts [{float} {float} {float} {float}]*
This allows the user to specify points and ``confidence values'' (otherwise known as ``error bars''). The first two floats specify the x and y values of the point, as above. If x_epts is specified, then the second two floats specify range or confidence values for the x value of the point. Error bars will be printed to each of these x values (using the original point's y value) from the original point. Similarly, y_epts specifies range or confidence values for the y value of the point. pts x_epts and y_epts can all be intermixed.
This sets the kind of mark that is plotted for this curve. Valid marks are: circle, box, diamond, triangle, x, cross, ellipse, xbar, ybar, text, postscript, eps, none, and variants of general. Most of these are self-explanatory, except for the last few:
  Xbar makes the curve into a bar graph with the bars going to the x axis. Ybar has the bars going to the y axis.
  Text lets the user plot text instead of a mark.  The text is  editted as a label (see LABEL EDITING COMMANDS) immediately following the text command. The x and y fields of the label have special meanings here: They define where the label is to be printed in relation to the curve points. For example, if they are both 0, the label will be printed directly on the curve points. If x is 1.0 and y is -1.0, then the label will be printed one unit to the right and one unit below the curve points (units are units of the x and y axes). Default label values are 0 for x and y, and center justification.
  Postscript: See the postscript token below.
Eps: See the eps token below.
None means that no mark will be plotted (this is useful for drawing lines).
  There are four types of general marks, which work using the  gmarks command described below. The four marktypes are general, general_nf, general_bez, and general_bez_nf.
  By default, a new mark is chosen for each curve.
marksize [float] [float]
This sets the size of the mark. The first [float] is the width of the mark, and the second is the height. Units are those of the x and y axes respectively, unless that axis is logarithmic, in which case the units are inches. Negative marksizes are allowed (e.g. a negative height will flip a triangle mark). The default mark size can be determined using the -p option of jgraph
mrotate [float]
This allows the user to rotate the mark [float] degrees. Default is zero.
gray [float]

color [float float float]
These specify either the grayness of the curve or its color. Values for gray should be from 0 (black) to 1 (white). Values for color should also be from 0 to 1. They are RGB values, and thus define the amount of red, green and blue in the curve respectively. Specifying color nullifies the gray value, and vice versa. The default is gray 0
fill [float]

cfill [float float float]
This sets the filling of marks which define an area to fill (e.g. box, circle, xbar). fill defines a gray value, and cfill defines a color value (see gray and color above for a description of the units). The default is fill 0 (black).
pattern token [float]
This defines the how the mark is to be filled. Token may be solid (the default), stripe, or estripe. If solid, then the float is ignored, and the mark is completely filled in with either the gray value defined by fill or the color value defined by cfill. If stripe, then the mark will be filled with stripes of either the gray value defined by fill or the color defined by cfill. The stripes will be rotated by float degrees. Estripe differs from stripe only in that stripe draws stripes on a white background, while estripe simply draws the stripes on an empty background.


pfill [float]

pcfill [float float float]

ppattern token [float]
Poly allows the user to make jgraph treat the curve as a closed polygon (or in the case of a bezier, a closed bezier curve). pfill, pcfill and ppattern specify the filling of the polygon, and work like fill, cfill and pattern above. The default is nopoly.
gmarks [{float} {float}]*
Gmarks is a way for the user to define custom marks. For each mark on (x,y), Each pair of {float_x}, {float_y}, will define a point on the mark (x + (float_x * marksize_x / 2), y + (float_y * marksize_y / 2)).
  Thus, for example, the box mark could be defined as

        gmarks -1 -1 -1 1 1 1 1 -1
        marktype general

The marktypes general, general_nf, general_bez, and general_bez_nf, allow the gmarks points to define a closed polygon, a line, a closed bezier curve and a regular bezier curve respectively (the ``nf'' stands for ``non-filled'').

postscript : {string}

postscript {token}
This allows the user to enter direct postscript as a mark. It automatically sets the marktype to postscript. If a string is entered, then that string is used as the mark in the jgraph output. If a token is entered, then that token must stand for a filename, which will be copied to the output once for every mark. The postscript will be set up so that when the string or file is put to the output, (0, 0) of the the axes is in the middle of the mark, it is rotated by mrotate degrees, and scaled by (marksize_x / 2), marksize_y / 2). Thus, the box mark could be defined as:

        postscript : 1 setlinewidth -1 -1 moveto -1 1 lineto \
                  1 1 lineto 1 -1 lineto -1 -1 lineto stroke

If the marksize_x is defined to be (0, 0), then jgraph does no scaling. This is useful when the postscript has strings, and the user does not want the strings to be scaled.

eps {token}
This allows the user to include an encapsulated postscript file and treat it as a mark. It automatically sets the marktype to eps. The file will be scaled so that the bounding box is marksize units. Among other things, this allows the user to include whole jgraph files as marks. Please see ad.jgr, explained in HINTS AND EXAMPLE GRAPHS below for an example of this feature.



Rarrows specifies to draw an arrow at the end of every line segment in the curve. Larrows specifies to draw an arrow at the beginning of every line segment. The size of the arrows can be changed by using asize. The default is nolarrows and norarrows.
  Arrows always go exactly to the point specified, with the exception  of when the marktype is ``circle''. In this case, the arrow goes to the edge of the circle.



This is analgous to the above, except that with larrow, the only arrow drawn is to the beginning of the first segment in the curve, and with rarrow, the only arrow drawn is to the end of the last segment.
asize [float] [float]
This sets the size of the arrows. The first [float] controls the arrow's width. Its units are those of the x-axis. The second [float] controls the arrow's height. It is in the units of the y-axis. Use the -p option of jgraph to see the default values.
afill [float]

afill [float]

apattern token [float]
These control the grayness or color of arrowheads. Afill, acfill and apattern work in the same way as fill, cfill and pattern described above. The default is afill 0 (black).
linetype [token]
This defines the type of the line connecting the points. Valid entries are solid, dotted, dashed, longdash, dotdash, dotdotdash, dotdotdashdash, general, and none. The default is none. General lets the user define his own linetype using the glines command described below. Points are connected in the order in which they are inserted using the pts command.
glines [float]*
This lets the user specify the exact dashing of a line. The format is as in postscript -- the first number is the length of the first dash, the second is the length of the space after the first dash, etc. For example, dotdash could be defined as ``glines 5 3 1 3''.
linethickness [float]
This defines the line thickness (in absolute postscript units) of the connecting line. Default = 1.0.


Bezier specifies to use the curve's points to define successive bezier curves. The first point is the starting point. The next two are control points for the bezier curve and the next point is the ending point. If there is another bezier, this ending point is also the beginning point of the next curve. The next two points are again control points, and the next point is the ending point. Thus, a bezier must have a total of (3n + 1) points, where n is at least 1.
  In bezier curves, marks and arrows only apply to every third point.
Nobezier is the default.

This specifies that this curve will be clipped -- that is, no points outside of the of axes will be plotted.
This turns off clipping. If clipping was specified for the entire graph, then noclip has no effect. Noclip is the default.
This edits the label of this curve for the purposed of drawing a legend. (see LABEL EDITING COMMANDS and LEGEND EDITING COMMANDS). Unless the legend entry is custom, setting any label attribute except for the text itself will have no effect.

The following commands are used for editing labels. Unless stated otherwise, the defaults are written with each command. Label editing terminates when one of these tokens is not given.
: {string}
This sets the string of the label. If no string is set, the label will not be printed.
x [float]

y [float]
This sets the x or y coordinate of the label. Units are the units of the x and y axes respectively.
font [token]
This sets the font. Default is usually ``Times-Roman''.
fontsize [float]
This sets the fontsize in points. Default is usually 9.
linesep [float]
This sets the distance between lines in multilined labels. Units are points. The default is the fontsize.


These set the horizontal justification to left, center, and right, respectively. Default = hjc.


These set the vertical justification to top center, and bottom, respectively. Default = vjb.
rotate [float]
This will rotate the string [float] degrees. The point of rotation is defined by the vj and hj commands. For example, to rotate 90 degrees about the center of a string, one would use vjc hjc rotate 90.
lgray [float]

lcolor [float float float]
These control the color or the grayness of the label. It works just as gray and color do for curves and axes. The default depends on the context. For example, for strings and the title, the default is black. For axis labels and hash labels, the default is the color of the axis. For text as marks, the default is the curve color.

These commands allow the user to alter the appearance of the legend. Legends are printed out for each curve having a non-null label. The legend entries are printed out in the order of ascending curve numbers. Legend editing terminates when a graph command or top level command is issued.

In earlier versions of jgraph (before version 8.0), the characteristics of each legend entry were set in the label portion of the entry's curve. Thus, for example, if you wanted each entry's fontsize to be 18, you had to set it in each entry's curve. Now, default legend entry characteristics are set using the defaults keyword. Unless a custom legend is specified, these default values override any values set in the entry's curve. Thus, to get all entries to have a fontsize of 18, it must be set using defaults fontsize 18.

If legend editing seems cryptic, try the following example:

        newcurve marktype box linetype solid label : Solid box
          pts 0 0 1 1 2 1 3 1
        newcurve marktype circle linetype dotted label : Dotted circle
          pts 0 1 1 2 2 2 3 2
        newcurve marktype x linetype dashed label : Dashed x
          pts 0 2 1 3 2 3 3 3
        legend defaults 
          font Times-Italic fontsize 14 x 1.5 y 3.5 hjc vjb

The legend of this graph should be centered over the top of the graph, and all legend entries should be 14pt Times-Italic.


These turn printing of the legend on and off. The default is on (but, of course, if there are no curve labels defined, there will be no legend).
linelength [float]
This sets the length of the line printed in front of legend entries corresponding to curves which have lines. Units are those of the x axis, unless the x axis is logarithmic, in which case the units are inches. The default may be gotten using the -p option.
linebreak [float]
This sets the vertical distance between individual legend entries. Units are those of the y axis, unless the y axis is logarithmic, in which case the units are inches. The default may be gotten using the -p option.
midspace [float]
This sets one of two things. If any of the legend entries have lines in them, then this sets the distance between the end of the line and the legend entry text. Otherwise, this sets the distance between center of the mark and the legend entry text. Units are those of the x axis, unless the x axis is logarithmic, in which case the units are inches. The default may be gotten using the -p option.
This lets the user change the attributes of all legend entries. The defaults are editted as a label (see LABEL EDITING COMMANDS). A few of the label fields have special meanings: The : field is ignored. The x and y fields define where the label will be printed. The hj and vj fields define the justification of the legend about the x and y point. Thus, if x is 10 and y is 15, and hjc vjb are specified, then the legend will be centered horizontally about x=10, and the bottom of the legend will be placed on y=15. This is analagous to label plotting. The rotate field is also analagous to label plotting.

Defaults are as follows. Rotate is 0. font is ``Times-Roman'' and fontsize is 9. The color is black. Default justification is hjl and vjc. The default x and y values are set according to the hj and vj fields. See the -p option.


These will automatically produce a legend to the left or the right of the graph. Left is equivalent to defaults hjr vjc and right is equivalent to defaults hjl vjc.

These will automatically produce a legend on the top or the bottom of the graph. Top is equivalent to defaults hjl vjb
bottom is equivalent to defaults hjl vjt.
x [float]

y [float]
These are included mainly for backward compatability to earlier versions of jgraph. Setting x and y is equivalent to ``defaults x float y float hjl vjt''
This lets the user control where each individual legend entry goes. The values of the defaults fields are ignored, and instead, the values of the curve's labels are used. All justifications have defined results, except for hjc. Similarly, rotation other than 0 is likely to produce bad effects.

These are more advanced commands for editing an axis. This includes drawing explicit hash marks and labels, moving the hash marks, axes, and labels, not drawing the hash marks, labels, axes, etc.
gray [float]

color [float float float]
These specify either the grayness of the axis or its color. Values for gray should be from 0 (black) to 1 (white). Values for color should also be from 0 to 1. They are RGB values, and thus define the amount of red, green and blue in the axis respectively. Specifying color nullifies the gray value, and vice versa. The default is gray 0. These values affect every part of the axis: the label, the hash marks and labels, the axis line and the grid lines.
grid_gray [float]

grid_color [float float float]

mgrid_gray [float]

mgrid_color [float float float]
These allow the user to define the grayness or color of the gridlines and the mgridlines to be different from those of the axis lines. The default grid_gray and grid_color is the same as the axis's gray and color. The default mgrid_gray and mgrid_color is the same as grid_gray and grid_color.
hash_at [float]
Draw a hash mark at this point. No label is made for this hash mark.
mhash_at [float]
Draw a minor hash mark at this point.
Edit a hash label (see HASH LABEL EDITING COMMANDS).
Edit the default characteristics of the hash labels. This is so that the user can change the fontsize, justification, etc., of the hash labels. Editing hash_labels is just like editing normal labels (see LABEL EDITING COMMANDS), except that the :, x, and y values are all ignored. Defaults for hash labels are as follows: Fontsize=9, Font=``Times-Roman'', Justification is dependent on whether it is the x or y axis and whether hash_scale is positive or negative.
hash_scale [float]
This is to change the size and orientation of the hash marks. Default = -1.0. Changing this to -2.0 will double the length of the hash marks. Changing this to +1.0 will make the hash marks come above or to the right of the axis.
draw_hash_marks_at [float]
By default, the hash marks are drawn either above or below the axis. This command changes where they are drawn. Hash_scale still determines whether they are drawn above or below this point, and their size.
draw_hash_labels_at [float]
By default, the hash labels are drawn either above or below the hash marks (again, this is dependent on hash_scale). This command changes where they are drawn. Justification and fontsize, etc., can be changed with the hash_labels command.

This toggles whether or not jgraph will automatically create hash marks according to hash, mhash and shash (or log_base and mhash for logarithmic axes). The default is auto_hash_marks.

This toggles whether or not jgraph will automatically create hash labels for the auto_hash_marks. Default = auto_hash_labels.

This toggles whether or not the axis line is drawn. Default = draw_axis.

This toggles whether or not the axis label (as editted by the label command) is drawn. Default = draw_axis_label.

This toggles whether or not the hash marks (both automatic and those created with hash_at and mhash_at) are drawn. Default = draw_hash_marks.

This toggles whether or not the hash labels are drawn. Default = draw_hash_labels.

Hash labels are simply strings printed along the appropriate axis. As a default, they are printed at the place denoted by the most recent hash_at or mhash_at for this axis, but this can be changed by the at command. If there has been no hash_at or mhash_at, then an at command must be given, or there will be an error. Hash editing terminates when either one of these commands is not given.
: {string}
This sets the string of the hash label (see Strings above under THE DESCRIPTION LANGUAGE).
at [float]
This sets the location of the hash label along the current axis.



Although jgraph doesn't have any built-in functions for interpolation or function plotting, both can be effected in jgraph with a little outside help:
Function plotting
With the include and shell statement, it's easy to create a file of points of a function with a c or awk program, and include it into a graph. See the section HINTS AND EXAMPLE GRAPHS for an example of a sin graph produced in this manner.
Point interpolation
Point interpolation is essentially the same as function plotting, and therefore is left out of jgraph. The UNIX spline(1) routine is a simple way to get interpolation between points. See bailey.jgr described below. Maybe in a future release.


Jgraph should be able to draw any kind of scatter/line/bar graph that a user desires. To embellish the graph with extra text, axes, lines, etc., it is helpful to use copygraph. The following example graphs show a few examples of different features of jgraph. They should be in the directory JGRAPH_DIR.

- acc.jgr is a simple bar graph. Acc.tex is also included to show how one can include the output of jgraph in a LaTeX file. To get this to work, you might have to substitute the entire pathname of the file acc.jps in the acc.tex file.

- g8.jgr is a simple graph with some plotted text. - g8col.jgr shows how to produce a color background -- it is
  the same as g8.jgr only all on a yellow background. - ebars.jgr is a simple graph with error bars. - sin.jgr shows how a sin function can be plotted using a simple c program to produce the sin wave. Moreover, this file shows a use of
copygraph to plot an extra x and y axis at the 0 point.

- sin1.jgr is a further extension of sin.jgr only with one x and y axis at 0, but with the axis labels at the left and the bottom of the graph.

- sin2.jgr is a different sin wave with a logarithmic x axis.

- sin3.jgr shows how a bizarre effect can be gotten by sorting the points in a different manner.

- bailey.jgr shows how to use the UNIX spline(1) routine to get interpolation between points.

- gpaper.jgr shows how you can get jgraph to easily produce graph paper.

- g9n10.jgr contains two graphs with complicated legends. It contains a description of how the legend was created.

- ex1.jgr and ex2.jgr are two examples which were figures 1 and two in an extended abstract for a paper about jgraph.

- mab2.jgr is a graph created by Matt Blaze which shows how a complicated output graph can be quite concisely and simply stated. In this graph, the x axis is a time line. It shows usage of the hash_label and hash_labels commands, as well as displaying how jgraph lets you extract data from output files with awk.

- nr.jgr is an example of a rather complicated bar graph with stripe-filled bars. It was created by Norman Ramsey.

- hypercube.jgr shows an interesting use of jgraph for picture-drawing.

- ad.jgr is an example which shows how one can include jgraph output as jgraph input. The file uses the eps token to include cube.jgr, a jgraph drawing of an Intel hypercube, and disk.jgr, a jgraph drawing of a disk, in a picture.

- alb.jgr is another use of jgraph for picture drawing. This file was created by an awk script which Adam Buchsbaum wrote to draw trees and graphs.

- wortman.jgr is a neat graph of processor utilization written by Dave Wortman for SIGPLAN '92. It was created by an awk script, which processed the data and emitted the jgraph.

To view these graphs, use jgraph -P, and view the resulting output file with gs, or a similar postscript viewer. To make a hard copy of these graphs, pipe the output of jgraph -P directly to lpr.



As hypercube.jgr and alb.jgr show, jgraph can be used as a postscript preprocessor to make drawings. There are two advantages using jgraph to draw pictures instead of using standard drawing tools like xfig, figtool, or idraw. The first is that with jgraph, you know exactly where strings, lines, boxes, etc, will end up, because you plot them explicitly. The second advantage is that for iterative drawings, with lots of patters, you can combine jgraph with awk or c or any other programming language to get complex output in a simple way. Most what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) drawing tools cannot do this.

The major disadvantage of using jgraph to draw pictures is that jgraph is not WYSIWYG. You have to set up axes and plot points, lines and strings. It's all a matter of taste.

If you'd like to see some more complex pictures drawn with jgraph, as well as some hints to make picture-drawing easier, send me email (jsp@princeton.edu).



I haven't read the manuals, but the way I've been loading these files into LaTeX has been as follows:

1.  Toward the beginning of my LaTeX file, I've had ``\input{psfig}''
2.  Where I've wanted my file, I've put:


    Some versions of dvips or dvi2ps work without the path-name.  Others
    require that the path-name be present.

3.  After running latex on the file, do

    lpr -d file.dvi

4.  If that doesn't work, try dvips-ing the file and printing the postscript.



Logarithmic axes cannot contain points <= 0. If I have enough complaints to convince me that this is a bug, I'll try to fix it.

There is no real way to make the axes such that they decrease from left to right or low to high -- or at least not without writing your own hash labels.

There may well be loads of other bugs. Send to jsp@princeton.edu.

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