Re: [R] Changing expression font

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Wed 17 May 2006 - 06:32:26 EST

You have not told us the device you are using, nor your version of R.

The way to select 'Times New Roman' is via the family, which will work if it is supported on the device and your R is current (2.3.0, preferably patched).

font=6 is only supported on a few devices, and not on X11 on Linux. There you can choose Times via options("X11Fonts").

For example,

plot(x=my.df[,1], y=my.df[,2],

      ylab=expression(paste("Dependent (",mu,"g/L)")))

works (on FC3 and Windows).

On Tue, 16 May 2006, Scott Rollins wrote:

> I'm trying to label axes using 'expression', but I would also like to
> change the font to Times New Roman (a requirement of the journal). I'd
> appreciate any advice.
> Here's one example of several things that I've tried, including changes
> to par() parameters 'family', 'font', 'font.axis', and 'font.lab', which
> are not shown below.
> x <- 1:10
> z <- rnorm(10,0,3)
> y <- x + z
> my.df <- data.frame(x,y)
> # example where font formatting works in Windows XP (but does not in FC3)
> plot(x=my.df[,1], y=my.df[,2], xlab="Independent", ylab="Dependent", font.axis=6, font.lab=6)
> # example using 'expression' where label fonts are not changed
> plot(x=my.df[,1], y=my.df[,2], xlab=expression(paste("Independent (",mu,"g/L)")), ylab=expression(paste("Dependent (",mu,"g/L)")), font.axis=6, font.lab=6)
> Thanks,
> Scott
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