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A.4.5.11 Polygon Form

The Polygon () form plots filled or outlined polygons with an arbitrary number of vertices. The first vertex is given in the Position Layer Control's Position tab, and the others are given in the Coordinates box within the Form tab.

Example Polygon plot

Example Polygon plot

Polygon form configuration panel

Polygon form configuration panel

The configuration options are:

Shading mode
See Appendix A.4.6.
Other Points
Array of coordinates giving the polygon vertices excluding the first vertex, which is given by the main Position. These coordinates are given as an interleaved array, e.g. (x2,y2, x3,y3, x4,y4). Expression language functions including array(a,b,c,...) from the Arrays class, and parseDoubles(txt) from the Conversions class, can be useful here. Although the first coordinate pair is supposed to be given in the Position tab and not in this array, if it's more convenient to repeat the first pair here it doesn't usually affect the plot's appearance.
Polygon Mode
Defines how the polygon is drawn. Options are
Fast
Determines whether speed is favoured over accuracy when drawing polygons. In some cases unchecking this will give visually better results, and in some cases checking it will speed up plotting. In other cases, the setting will make no difference to either. It may be necessary to unset it when filling polygons that may be re-entrant.


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