R-beta: netscape/R interaction [color allocation]

gordon.harrington@uni.edu gordon.harrington at uni.edu
Thu Jun 18 22:18:50 CEST 1998

Thanks to Martin Maechler, Douglas Bates, Peter Dalgaard, and Hedderik van Rijn
for pointing out the problem is with the color resource demands of the two
applications and for their suggested possible solutions. A 24 bit monitor would
be ideal and maybe someday I'll have the $$$ to upgrade. "netscape -install"
works with the attendant flashing screen color changes from window to window.
"netscape -ncol 64" works or fails depending on the color demands of R. I had
been considering turning to ESS, thereby avoiding netscape, but have not yet
tried it nor decided between emacs and xemacs.

It appears the question for users is whether to attach the colormap solutions
to Netscape or to R. At first glance it appears it would not be difficult to
add an option to R which would allocate appropriately. Looking at the behavior
on my system it does not appear that "netscape -install" is creating a color
map but rather attaching the color map to the mouse rather than to the window.
There is an X11 system call on my machine to do just that. In my case I would
prefer to lay the burden on netscape and not add the option to R. 


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