[IPython-dev] [QUAR] Re: Qt SVG clipping bug (it's NOT a matplotlib bug)- Qt won't fix...

Brian Granger ellisonbg@gmail....
Thu Oct 14 12:02:27 CDT 2010


Mark,

I like the idea of getting the .PNG rather than the .SVG, but can we
still embed it in the html output?

Cheers,

Brian

On Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 9:58 AM, Mark Voorhies <mark.voorhies@ucsf.edu> wrote:
> On Thursday, October 14, 2010 08:27:10 am Michael Droettboom wrote:
>> On 10/14/2010 10:52 AM, Robert Kern wrote:
>> > On 10/14/10 3:55 AM, Hans Meine wrote:
>> > It might be worthwhile for matplotlib to only use the SVG 1.2 Tiny standard for
>> > greater compatibility. Tiny is much easier to implement, so I suspect there are
>> > now more Tiny renderers now than there are Full renderers.
>> >
>> This is true -- and we can probably remove some of the simpler-to-remove
>> parts that are missing from SVG Tiny.  However, to support clipping, we
>> either have to either a) write the routines to do clipping in vector
>> space or b) use rasterized fallbacks (as we do for some alpha issues in
>> Postscript, for instance).  a) is non-trivial in the general case,
>> particularly when accounting for line thicknesses, and b) is a hack.
>
> Just to clarify what's happening on the iPython Qt console side:
>
> * We receive SVG (with clipping path) from Matplotlib
>
> * We wrap the SVG in Qt's rasterizer
>  (via rich_ipython_widget._process_execute_payload
>   calling svg.svg_to_image) and drop that as a widget on the
>  console canvas.
>
> + As noted, the Qt rasterizer doesn't implement clipping, so
>  we get unclipped plots drawn on the console.
>
> + This strategy also results in rasterized plots in the PDF export.
>
> * For the context menu "Save Image As" and "Export HTML"
>  functions, we call save(filename, "PNG") on the Qt
>  rasterizer, so we get the same lack-of-clipping artifact.
>
> * For the context menu "Save SVG As" and "Export XHTML"
>  we work from Matplotlib's original SVG, so the clipping path
>  is retained (and we get correct clipping in Inkscape, Firefox,
>  and WebKit).
>
> * Saving as PNG via Matplotlib's GUI as launched from iPython
>  gives a correctly clipped PNG.  I'm not sure if Matplotlib is
>  rasterizing directly, or drawing to the GUI canvas and then
>  asking the GUI to generate a PNG.  Also, not sure which
>  GUI backend I'm looking at...
>
> Would it be reasonable to bypass the Qt issue by asking Matplotlib
> for a PNG at the time that we receive the SVG and put that on
> our console canvas?  It seems like this would be a good general
> strategy for supporting non-Qt frontends (e.g., James Gao might
> want something like this for the HTML frontend to support older
> browsers).
>
> --Mark
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