[IPython-dev] notebook plots via javascript

MinRK benjaminrk at gmail.com
Thu Jun 7 19:03:43 EDT 2012

On Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 2:50 PM, Bob McElrath <bob+ipython at mcelrath.org>wrote:

> I really want to improve the figure quality of the notebook.  So, I made a
> stab
> in this direction by changing the default figure to SVG, making them
> transparent, and improving their quality a bit.  You can see it in my
> branch:
>    https://github.com/mcelrath/ipython/tree/svg_figures
> While this isn't interactive javascript yet, we can begin attaching some
> javascript to the SVG DOM elements.
> It turns out to get decent quality SVG figures, you have to set the
> figure.figsize fairly high.  SVG doesn't know about or obey the DPI
> setting, but
> the low value of figsize was causing some pixelation, which is why the SVG
> figures produced by the notebook looked worse than the PNG figures.

The PNG default is actually *because* the SVGs are so much worse.

If you do succeed in making them a net improvement, then it certainly makes
sense to switch back to the original default of SVG.


> --
> Cheers, Bob McElrath
> "The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed
> by
> the tribe.  If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes
> frightened.
> But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself."
>    -- Friedrich Nietzsche
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