A PostScript Cookbook by Barry Thomas (auth.)

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USING GRAPIDCS 41 The graphics state is re-saved, the gray level set and the polygon ftlled. The graphics state is then restored and stroked with the outline of the polygon. Finally the original graphics state is restored. ) This program produces a single stack bar chart, each section being filled to a different gray shade. Each section has a label, positioned to the right and half way up the height of the section. The chart has a title at the bottom of the page. The program demonstrates the conversion of numbers into printable text, the use of the counttomark operator to count the number of parameters given to the main procedure and copy to copy that number of items on the stack.

Helvetica is selected and scaled in the usual way with the findfont, scalefont and setfont operators. The rest of the examples use the makefont operator to transform the characters by a given matrix. 30 A POSTSCRIPT COOKBOOK Using makefont in this way allows us to scale a font in the x direction for example, like we did in the first program in this chapter, but without scaling the whole x axis. This means that other fonts used and any graphics will retain their true proportions. It also allows us to distort the characters in other ways, again without affecting the current graphics state.

Each iteration of the main procedure moves the origin along the length of the page to a new start point. About 3 repetitions of the pattern will fit on the A4 page as the program stands. This number may be increased by scaling the x axis down. The main procedure sets the current point at the origin and specifies the x and y coordinates of the three points for the frrst curve. These are dealt with by the frrst curveto. The origin is then moved forward to the starting point for the other half of the pattern.

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