Re: [R] More than two font in a plot

From: Patrick Connolly <>
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2010 20:24:26 +1200

On Wed, 30-Jun-2010 at 11:06AM +1200, Paul Murrell wrote:

> Hi
> On 6/30/2010 2:17 AM, Jinsong Zhao wrote:
>> Hi there,
>> I am a Chinese R user. I hope to display Chinese character in a plot,
>> and than save it in PostScript format. I have read the article titled
>> "Non-Standard Fonts in PostScript and PDF Graphics", especially the
>> section about CJK fonts. I also tried the code:
>>> pdf("chinese.pdf", width=3, height=1)
>>> grid.text("\u4F60\u597D", y=2/3, gp=gpar(fontfamily="CNS1"))
>>> grid.text("is 'hello' in (Traditional) Chinese", y=1/3)
>> however, it's not valid with postscript(). It seems that postscript()
>> need to set family in postscirpt(..., family = "CNS1"). Then all the
>> characters are in CJK font, and it's not what I hope to get. I hope the
>> Latin character is displayed in Helvetica.
>> Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!
> Try this ...
> # Use "Helvetica" as default, but include "CNS1" as a font that
> # will be used somewhere within the file
> postscript("chinese.pdf", width=3, height=1, fonts="CNS1")
> grid.text("\u4F60\u597D", y=2/3, gp=gpar(fontfamily="CNS1"))
> grid.text("is 'hello' in (Traditional) Chinese", y=1/3)

That doesn't work for me using the ancient version of R (a year old) on this box. It produces a file that looks like a postscript file, but which is slightly smaller than the one that a call to pdf() makes but cannot be displayed by any file viewer I have.

However, it kind of works if I convert the pdf file into a postscript file using pdftops, but I doubt that's what Jinsong wanted. It's 35Mb!

Perhaps it really does work using a more up to date version.

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