[SciPy-user] gplot documentation

Alan G Isaac aisaac at american.edu
Sun Aug 15 17:16:24 CDT 2004

On Sun, 15 Aug 2004, John Hunter apparently wrote:
> So if you need the full power of TeX, only need ps/eps output, and
> have access to a TeX install on all the platforms on which you work,
> PyX will be the better choice.

> What matplotlib offers vis-a-vis mathtext that pyx doesn't is
>   * totally self contained solution - no extra packages required.
>     Cross platform, etc.
>   * mathtext for non-PS outputs (PNG, GUI window) in addition to
>     PS/EPS.  Thus you can use mathtext anywhere in your figure in any
>     GTK/WX/Tkinter/FLTK application or save it to hardcopy PNG, eg for
>     a powerpoint presentation.

> matplotlib uses the computer modern fonts, so the equations will look
> very similar to TeX equations.  And while there is nothing like full
> TeX support, there is nonetheless substantial support: almost all of
> the TeX symbols, over/under subscripting with {} groups, fonts,
> ... see http://matplotlib.sourceforge.net/matplotlib.mathtext.html for
> more info.

Very helpful!  I've decide to give matplotlib a try.  I
probably should note that the earlier discussion showing
that matplotlib allows an object oriented approach to plot
generation was important to this decision.

Alan Isaac

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