Re: [R] Overplotting: plot() invocation looks ugly ... suggestions?

From: hadley wickham <>
Date: Wed 26 Jul 2006 - 20:30:24 EST

> I would like to make a question regarding the use of a grey background
> (by ggplot in this case, but also in other settings - I seem to
> remember a relevant lattice discussion). It seems that it is generally
> discouraged by journals. I guess one practical reason is that it makes
> photocopying difficult (in the sense that it may lead to low contrast
> situations). It might have to do with printing costs, as it leads to
> higher coverage of the page, but I do not know about that.
> [Disclaimer: it does look nice, though.]
> Any comments?

It is very easy to change to the usual black on white grid lines (see ?ggopt and ?ggsave), so if your journal does require it, it's easy to turn off.

Here are a few reasons I like the gray background (in no particular order):

Of course the big disadvantage is if you don't have a high quality printer, or a looking at a photocopy of a photocopy etc. This disadvantage should go away with time as the quality of printed output steadily improves.


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