Re: [S] x axis limits on barchart -- Trellis documentation

Rich Calaway (
Wed, 27 May 1998 09:48:08 -0700 (PDT)

Dear Christian Keller (and all you S-PLUS users out there),

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On Wed, 27 May 1998, Christian Keller wrote:

> On Tue, 26 May 1998, I wrote:
> > I was very much interested in this solution. But I was
> > wondering where this argument, i.e. 'axs' is documented.
> >
> > Neither in help(trellis.args) nor in Trellis Graphics
> > User's Manual (Versions 2.0 & 2.1) I can find any
> > references.
> >
> > Can anybody point me to the appropriate documentation
> > (if there is one)?
> I've got the following responses:
> >From Jens Oehlschlaegel <oehl@Psyres-Stuttgart.DE>:
> >> Looks like this argument is not documented at all.
> >> I couldn't find it, even after knowing that it is a
> >> trellis.args scale argument.
> >> You should report this to MATHSOFT at
> I'm not sure if this would help very much!
> I think MathSoft is very busy with other things at the moment
> instead of having time to correct known bugs, or in this case,
> lack of documentation.
> I don't want to start a controversy against Trellis but I think
> it would help many users to use Trellis functions much more
> efficiently if such things were better documented.
> Christian Keller
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