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March 27, 2009

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I just don't understand people who go through all the work of making a nice graph just to give it a clueless productionist who couldn't image-edit their way out of a paper bag. I recently gave a company-wide "seminar" on preparing graphs for publication, and I brought up the subject of JPEGs as well. I got a clue to include that point, I think, from a previous post on this blog.

I totally agree -- just a little bit of care and you can easily make your charts much more effective. By the way, I think the previous post you mention is the one about making charts look their best.

This reminds me of a post I saw recently -- maybe it's already been referenced here.

On another note, I have been anxiously awaiting better possibilites for sharing graphics in non-raster form on the web. SVG browser support just isn't where it needs to be yet (and they've had several years to get there which is worrisome), and the only other possibility I know of is swf, for which R doesn't have a graphics device, to my knowledge. PDF is not an option because I'm talking about embedding graphics inside web pages. You'd think nowadays this would be a standard need, not just for people in statistical graphics. Does anyone know of any alternatives?

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