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bug #55328: loglog plots have clipped exponents for labels of x and y axes

Submitted by:  Rik <rik5>
Submitted on:  Sun 30 Dec 2018 06:47:33 AM UTC  
Category:  Plotting with OpenGL Severity:  3 - Normal
Priority:  5 - Normal Item Group:  Regression
Status:  Fixed Assigned to:  None
Originator Name:  Open/Closed:  Closed
Release:  5.0.0 Operating System:  Any

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Mon 31 Dec 2018 05:52:17 PM UTC, comment #7:

Looks good. I pushed the cset here https://hg.savannah.gnu.org/hgweb/octave/rev/45cf2ada3e39.

Closing report here and on the 5.0 Bug Fix List.

Rik <rik5>
Project Administrator
Mon 31 Dec 2018 05:09:06 PM UTC, comment #6:

I attached an updated patch with a log an a comment. I could not see any visible downside.

(file #45816)

Pantxo Diribarne <pantxo>
Project Member
Mon 31 Dec 2018 03:25:35 PM UTC, comment #5:

There is no reaason to fix it for Verdana--I can always choose another font--but if it is a problem with a very common font like Roboto that would be more of a problem. People would blame Octave, rather than their font libraries, for the bad display.

There may be some theoretical justification for increasing the bounding box by 1 pixel. I'm sure the internal calculations, probably done in points, have to be converted to pixels by way of the monitor DPI. This may lead to various round-off errors where we truncate instead of using ceil() or round().

Anyways, the patch works for me. What is the downside?

Rik <rik5>
Project Administrator
Mon 31 Dec 2018 11:39:27 AM UTC, comment #4:

Systematically increasing the bbox height by one pixels makes things work for both Verdana and Roboto but I have no real justification for it:

--- a/libinterp/corefcn/ft-text-renderer.cc Sun Dec 30 11:58:56 2018 -0800
+++ b/libinterp/corefcn/ft-text-renderer.cc Mon Dec 31 12:36:38 2018 +0100
@@ -663,7 +663,7 @@
Matrix& bb = line_bbox.back ();
bb(1) = m_ymin;
- bb(3) = m_ymax - m_ymin;
+ bb(3) = (m_ymax + 1) - m_ymin;
if (m_deltax > 0)
bb(2) += m_deltax;

Pantxo Diribarne <pantxo>
Project Member
Mon 31 Dec 2018 11:23:34 AM UTC, comment #3:

@Rik: Confirmed with Verdana font and also with Roboto. Verdana is known to cause problems both in linux and Windows (see bug #49216). I don't know if it is due to the font itself or to the way Octave uses FreeType: IIRC Dmitri reported some kerning issues with Roboto (modern widespread font) so that's probably something wrong in Octave.

Pantxo Diribarne <pantxo>
Project Member
Mon 31 Dec 2018 02:24:00 AM UTC, comment #2:

@Pantxo: I am using Verdana as the font and a fontsize of 10. Changing either of those two items makes it work. For example, if I use "Arial" or change the fontsize to 12. This may simply mean that Verdana is not a well-hinted font for FreeType. If that is the case, I am happy to close this report.

When I print the plot it looks fine. It is only onscreen display that is bad. I've attached a screenshot taken with a screen magnifier.

(file #45804)

Rik <rik5>
Project Administrator
Sun 30 Dec 2018 09:09:48 PM UTC, comment #1:

@Rik: I can't reproduce, but I do have seen such clipping while working on this. I attached a screenshot of what I obtain (on linux Mint 19). Note that the x-extent of the title is much narrower than yours. Are you using some specific defaults for font properties? Can you attach a high resolution printed output, e.g. "print -r300 loglog.png"?

(file #45796)

Pantxo Diribarne <pantxo>
Project Member
Sun 30 Dec 2018 06:47:33 AM UTC, original submission:


demo loglog 1

The resulting screen capture is attached. It shows that the exponents used for the X and Y labels are clipped. This is likely to be caused by an incorrect calculation of the y extent property.

@Pantxo: I added you to the CC list because I think this bug may be related to your work on calculating text extents.

Rik <rik5>
Project Administrator


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Attach Files:

Attached Files
file #45816:  ftfont7.patch added by pantxo (991B - text/x-patch)
file #45804:  loglog_zoom.png added by rik5 (12KiB - image/png)
file #45796:  loglog_px.png added by pantxo (36KiB - image/png)
file #45784:  loglog.png added by rik5 (17KiB - image/png)


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    Date Changed by Updated Field Previous Value => Replaced by
    2018-12-31 rik5 StatusPatch Submitted => Fixed
        Open/ClosedOpen => Closed
    2018-12-31 pantxo Attached File- => Added ftfont7.patch, #45816
        StatusConfirmed => Patch Submitted
    2018-12-31 pantxo StatusWorks For Me => Confirmed
    2018-12-31 rik5 Attached File- => Added loglog_zoom.png, #45804
    2018-12-30 pantxo Attached File- => Added loglog_px.png, #45796
        StatusNone => Works For Me
    2018-12-30 rik5 Attached File- => Added loglog.png, #45784
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