
From:  Michael Godfrey 
Subject:  Behavior of hold all and subplot 
Date:  Mon, 10 Aug 2015 15:32:52 +0100 
Useragent:  Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:38.0) Gecko/20100101 Thunderbird/38.1.0 
This should be mainly a
documentation item. But, I thought it would be useful for anyone with an interest to comment on the following: 1. Current documentation says that hold all unconditionally "holds" the current plot so that new commands add to the current plot. This suggests that hold all is different from hold on. 2. However, this is not true for subplots in both Octave and Matlab. If: hold all subplot(2,2,1) plot(0:1) %% line color blue subplot(2,2,2) plot(0:1) plot(1:1:0) hold on %% without this, previous data erased in both Matlab and Octave. plot(0:1) %% line color red for Matlab, blue for Octave an additional hold on/all is needed after each subplot() call. Otherwise previous data in the subplot is cleared. So, for Matlab compatibility the hold behavior should be left as is, but documented. It would probably be appropriate to improve Matlab compatibility by implementing the color change for subsequent data plots with hold on/all. If people think that this lack of Matlab compatibility is important, a bug report should be filled. In any case, the Manual should be changed to reflect the current behavior unless anyone thinks that the behavior should be changed. It would seem more natural to make hold on/all do an unconditional hold for plots or subplots (i.e. it "holds" the figure). But, this would mean a significant incompatibility with respect to Matlab. Michael 
[Prev in Thread]  Current Thread  [Next in Thread] 