[Matplotlib-users] easily accessing the default color cycle list

Thomas Caswell tcaswell at gmail.com
Tue Jan 10 13:57:42 EST 2017

Pull requests to improve the documentation are always welcome :)

You seem to have a clear idea of what would be helpful to include in that
docstring, could you please add it?


On Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 1:38 PM Michael Kaufman <kaufmanmc at ornl.gov> wrote:

> On 1/10/17 1:18 PM, Thomas Caswell wrote:
> > It is also documented
> > at http://matplotlib.org/2.0.0rc2/users/colors.html which is too verbose
> > to put into the docstring of every method (almost all of them) that
> > takes in a color-like input.
> >
> Ok, but we've already got a nice paragraph:
>      In addition, you can specify colors in many weird and
>      wonderful ways, including full names (``'green'``), hex
>      strings (``'#008000'``), RGB or RGBA tuples (``(0,1,0,1)``) or
>      grayscale intensities as a string (``'0.8'``).  Of these, the
>      string specifications can be used in place of a ``fmt`` group,
>      but the tuple forms can be used only as ``kwargs``.
> in help(plot) that has just about everything except the new stuff anyway.
> Besides, help(plot) is the go-to method that (I at least) use if I want
> to look up the usage a kwarg. If it's there, then I can use (say the
> marker symbol) in scatter without needing the extensive extra
> documentation in help(scatter).
> So having help(plot) extra-documented makes plenty of sense for me.
> M
> > Additionally, we will be adding alias to access the color by name for
> > 2.0 final (see https://github.com/matplotlib/matplotlib/pull/7639 )
> >
> > Tom
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