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Window(3)	      User Contributed Perl Documentation	     Window(3)

NAME
       PDL::Graphics::PGPLOT::Window - A OO interface to PGPLOT	windows

SYNOPSIS
	pdl> use PDL::Graphics::PGPLOT::Window
	pdl> $win = pgwin(Device => '/xs');
	pdl> $a	= pdl [1..100]
	pdl> $b	= sqrt($a)
	pdl> $win->line($b)
	pdl> $win->hold()
	pdl> $c	= sin($a/10)*2 + 4
	pdl> $win->line($c)

       In the following	documentation the commands are not shown in their OO
       versions. This is for historical	reasons	and should not cause too much
       trouble.

DESCRIPTION
       This package offers a OO	interface to the PGPLOT	plotting package. This
       is intended to replace the traditional interface	in
       PDL::Graphics::PGPLOT and contains interfaces to	a large	number of
       PGPLOT routines.	Below the usage	examples for each function tend	to be
       given in	the non-OO version for historical reasons. This	will slowly be
       changed,	but in the meantime refer to the section on OO-interface below
       to see how to convert the usage information below to OO usage (it is
       totally trivial).

       PDL::Graphics::PGPLOT::Window is	an interface to	the PGPLOT graphical
       libraries.  It currently	supports PGPLOT-5.2 and	PGPLOT-5.2-cd2.	 The
       -cd2 version includes RGB output	and anti-aliasing.

       High-level plotting commands:

	imag	   -  Display an image (uses pgimag/pggray/pgrgbi as appropriate)
	fits_imag  -  Display a	FITS image in scientific coordinates
	cont	   -  Display image as contour map
	fits_cont  -  Display a	FITS image in scientific coordinates as	a contour map
	vect	   -  Display 2	images as a vector field
	fits_vect  -  Display 2	FITS images in sci. coordinates	as a vector field
	ctab	   -  Load an image colour table
	ctab_info  -  Get information about currently loaded colour table
	line	   -  Plot vector as connected points
	tline	   -  Plot a collection	of vectors as lines
	lines	   -  Plot a polyline, multicolor vector [threadable]
	points	   -  Plot vector as points
	tpoints	   -  Plot a collection	of vectors as points [threadable]
	errb	   -  Plot error bars
	bin	   -  Plot vector as histogram (e.g. bin(hist($data)) )
	hi2d	   -  Plot image as 2d histogram (not very good	IMHO...)
	tcircle	   -  Plot vectors as circles [threadable]
	label_axes -  Print axis titles
	legend	   -  Create a legend with different texts, linestyles etc.

       Low-level plotting commands:

	arrow	   -  Draw an arrow
	poly	   -  Draw a polygon
	rectangle  -  Draw a rectangle
	text	   -  Write text in the	plot area
	cursor	   -  Interactively read cursor	positions.
	circle	   -  Draw a circle
	ellipse	   -  Draw an ellipse.

       Device manipulation commands:

	new	      -	 Construct a new output	device
	pgwin	      -	 Exported hook to new()
	close	      -	 Close a PGPLOT	output device.
	hold	      -	 Hold current plot window range	- allows overlays etc.
	release	      -	 Release back to freshly autoscaling for each command.
	held	      -	 Indicates whether the current window is held.
	focus	      -	 Set focus to the given	device.
	erase	      -	 Erase the current window (or panel).
	options	      -	 Get the options set for the present output device.
	id	      -	 The ID	for the	device.
	device	      -	 The device type.
	name	      -	 The window name.

       Notes: $transform for image/cont	etc. is	used in	the same way as	the
       "TR()" array in the underlying PGPLOT FORTRAN routine but is,
       fortunately, zero-offset. The transform() routine can be	used to	create
       this piddle.

       For completeness: The transformation array connect the pixel index to a
       world coordinate	such that:

	X = tr[0] + tr[1]*i + tr[2]*j
	Y = tr[3] + tr[4]*i + tr[5]*j

   Variable passing and	extensions
       In general variables are	passed to the pgplot routines by using
       "get_dataref" to	get the	reference to the values. Before	passing	to
       pgplot routines however,	the data are checked to	see if they are	in
       accordance with the format (typically dimensionality) required by the
       PGPLOT routines.	 This is done using the	routine	"checkarg" (internal
       to PGPLOT). This	routine	checks the dimensionality of the input data.
       If there	are superfluous	dimensions of size 1 they will be trimmed away
       until the dimensionality	is correct. Example:

       Assume a	piddle with dimensions (1,100,1,1) is passed to	"line",	which
       expects its inputs to be	vectors. "checkarg" will then return a piddle
       with dimensions (100). If instead the same piddle was passed to "imag",
       which requires 2D piddles as output, "checkarg" would return a piddle
       with dimensionality (100, 1) (Dimensions	are removed from the start)

       Thus, if	you want to provide support for	another	PGPLOT function, the
       structure currently look	like this (there are plans to use the Options
       package to simplify the options parsing):

	# Extract the hash(es) on the commandline
	($arg, $opt)=_extract_hash(@_);
	<Check the number of input parameters>
	<deal with $arg>
	checkarg($x, 3); # For a hypothetical 3D routine.
	&catch_signals;
	...
	pgcube($n, $x->get_dataref);
	&release_signals;
	1;

       (the catch_signals/release_signals pair prevent problems	with the perl-
       PGPLOT interface	if the user hits c-C during an operation).

   Setting options
       All routines in this package take a hash	with options as	an optional
       input. This options hash	can be used to set parameters for the
       subsequent plotting without going via the PGPLOT	commands.

       This is implemented such	that the plotting settings (such as line
       width, line style etc.) are affected only for that plot,	any global
       changes made, say, with "pgslw()" are preserved.	Some modifications
       apply when using	the OO interface, see below.

   Alphabetical	listing	of standard options
       The following options are always	parsed.	Whether	they have any
       importance depend on the	routine	invoked	- e.g. line style is
       irrelevant for "imag", or the "justify" option is irrelevant if the
       display is on 'hold'.  This is indicated	in the help text for the
       commands	below.

       The options are not case	sensitive and will match for unique
       substrings, but this is not encouraged as obscure options might
       invalidate what you thought was a unique	substring.

       In the listing below examples are given of each option. The actual
       option can then be used in a plot command by specifying it as an
       argument	to the function	wanted (it can be placed anywhere in the
       command list).

       E.g:

	$opt={COLOR=>2};
	line $x, $y, $opt; # This will plot a line with	red color

       If you are plotting to a	hardcopy device	then a number of options use a
       different name:

	 HardLW	  instead of LineWidth
	 HardCH	  instead of CharSize
	 HardFont instead of Font

	 HardAxisColour	instead	of AxisColour
	 HardColour	instead	of Colour

       [although I'm not sure when HardColour is actually used]

       align
	   If "pix" is set, then images	and plots are not stretched to fill
	   the plot area.  the "align" string tells how	to align them within
	   the available area.	'L' and	'R' shove the plot against the left
	   and right edges, respectively; 'B' and 'T' shove the	plot against
	   the bottom and top edges.  The default is to	center the image.
	   e.g.	'BL' puts the image on the bottom left corner, while 'CT'
	   centers the image horizontally while	placing	it at the top of the
	   available plot area.	 This defaults to 'BT' for non-justified
	   images, to 'CC' for justified images.

       arrow
	   This	options	allows you to set the arrow shape, and optionally size
	   for arrows for the vect routine. The	arrow shape is specified as a
	   hash	with the key FS	to set fill style, ANGLE to set	the opening
	   angle of the	arrow head, VENT to set	how much of the	arrow head is
	   cut out and SIZE to set the arrowsize.

	   The following

	    $opt = {ARROW => {FS=>1, ANGLE=>60,	VENT=>0.3, SIZE=>5}};

	   will	make a broad arrow of five times the normal size.

	   Alternatively the arrow can be specified as a set of	numbers
	   corresponding to an extension to the	syntax for pgsah. The
	   equivalent to the above is

	    $opt = {ARROW => pdl([1, 60, 0.3, 5})};

	   For the latter the arguments	must be	in the given order, and	if any
	   are not given the default values of 1, 45, 0.3 and 1.0 respectively
	   will	be used.

       arrowsize
	   The arrowsize can be	specified separately using this	option to the
	   options hash. It is useful if an arrowstyle has been	set up and one
	   wants to plot the same arrow	with several sizes. Please note	that
	   it is not possible to set arrowsize and character size in the same
	   call	to a plotting function.	This should not	be a problem in	most
	   cases.

	    $opt = {ARROWSIZE => 2.5};

       axis
	   Set the axis	value (see "env").  If you pass	in a scalar you	set
	   the axis for	the whole plot.	 You can also pass in an array ref for
	   finer control of the	axes.

	   If you set the option to a scalar value, you	get one	of a few
	   standard layouts.  You can specify them by name or by number:

	    EMPTY  (-2)	draw no	box, axes or labels
	    BOX	   (-1)	draw box only
	    NORMAL (0)	draw box and label it with coordinates
	    AXES   (1)	same as	NORMAL,	but also draw (X=0,Y=0)	axes
	    GRID   (2)	same as	AXES, but also draw grid lines
	    LOGX   (10)	draw box and label X-axis logarithmically
	    LOGY   (20)	draw box and label Y-axis logarithmically
	    LOGXY  (30)	draw box and label both	axes logarithmically

	   When	using logarithmic axes ("LOGX",	"LOGY" and "LOGXY") you
	   normally need to log	the data yourself, e.g.

	     line $x->log10, $y, {axis=>'LOGX'};

	   For your convenience	you can	put PDL::Graphics::PGPLOT into autolog
	   mode. In this mode a	call to	"line" or "points" will	log the	data
	   for you and you can pass in the unmodified data, e.g.

	     autolog(1); # enable automatic logarithm calculation
	     line $x, $y, {axis=>'LOGX'}; # automatically displays logged x data

	   You can use the function interface to enable	autologging:

	     autolog(1);

	   or use it with a window reference (mode switching on	a per window
	   basis)

	     $win->autolog(1);

	   "autolog" without arguments returns the current autolog setting
	   (0=off, 1=on).

	   If you set the "AXIS" option	to an array ref, then you can specify
	   the box/axis	options	separately for the horizontal (ordinate; X
	   coordinate; 0th element) and	vertical (abscissa; Y coordinate; 1st
	   element)) axes.  Each element of the	array ref should contain a
	   PGPLOT format string.  Presence or absence of specific characters
	   flags particular options.  For normal numeric labels, the options
	   are:

	     A : draw axis for this dimension.
	     B : draw bottom (X) or left (Y) edge of frame.
	     C : draw top (X) or right (Y) edge	of frame.
	     G : draw Grid of vertical (X) or horizontal (Y) lines.
	     I : Invert	ticks: draw them outside the plot rather than inside.
	     L : Label the axis	Logarithmically.
	     P : Extend	("Project") major tick marks outside the box.
	     M : Numeric labels	go in the alternate place above	(X) or to the
		      right (Y)	of the viewport.
	     N : Numeric labels	go in the usual	location below (X) or to the
		      left  (Y)	of the viewport
	     T : Draw major tick marks at the major coordinate interval.
	     S : Draw minor tick marks (subticks).
	     V : Orient	numeric	labels Vertically.  Only applicable to Y.
		      (The default is to write them parallel to	the axis.)
	     1 : Force decimal labelling, instead of automatic choice
	     2 : Force exponential labeling, instead of	automatic.

	   If you don't	specify	any axis value at all, the default is
	   ['BCNST','BCNST'] for plots and ['BCINST','BCINST'] for images.
	   (These list ref elements are	handed on directly to the low-level
	   PGPLOT routines).

	   In addition,	you can	specify	that your axis labels should be
	   printed as days, hours, minutes, and	seconds	(ideal for julian
	   dates and delta-t, or for angular quantities).  You do that by
	   setting additional character	flags on the affected axis:

	     X : Use HH	MM SS.S	time labeling rather than conventional numeric
		 labels.  The ordinate is in secsonds. Hours roll over at 24.
	     Y : Like 'X' but the hour field runs past 24 if necessary.
	     Z : Like 'X' but with a days field	too (only shown	where nonzero).
	     H : Label the numbers with	superscript d, h, m, and s symbols.
	     D : Label the numbers with	superscript o, ', and '' symbols.
	     F : Omit first (lowest/leftmost) label; useful for	tight layouts.
	     O : Omit leading zeroes in	numbers	under 10 (e.g. " 3h 3m 1.2s"
		 rather	than "03h 03m 01.2s").

	   For example,	to plot	a numeric quantity versus Julian day of	the
	   year	in a standard boxed plot with tick marks, you can use
	   ["BNCSTZHO","BCNST"].

       border
	   Normally the	limits are chosen so that the plot just	fits; with
	   this	option you can increase	(or decrease) the limits by either a
	   relative (ie	a fraction of the original axis	width) or an absolute
	   amount.  Either specify a hash array, where the keys	are "TYPE"
	   (set	to 'relative' or 'absolute') and "VALUE" (the amount to	change
	   the limits by), or set to 1,	which is equivalent to

	    BORDER => {	TYPE =>	'rel', VALUE =>	0.05 }

       charsize
	   Set the character/symbol size as a multiple of the standard size.

	    $opt = {CHARSIZE =>	1.5}

	   The HardCH option should be used if you are plotting	to a hardcopy
	   device.

       colour (or color)
	   Set the colour to be	used for the subsequent	plotting. This can be
	   specified as	a number, and the most used colours can	also be
	   specified with name,	according to the following table (note that
	   this	only works for the default colour map):

	     0 - WHITE	  1 - BLACK	2 - RED	     3 - GREEN	  4 - BLUE
	     5 - CYAN	  6 - MAGENTA	7 - YELLOW   8 - ORANGE	 14 - DARKGRAY
	    16 - LIGHTGRAY

	   However there is a much more	flexible mechanism to deal with
	   colour.  The	colour can be set as a 3 or 4 element anonymous	array
	   (or piddle) which gives the RGB colours. If the array has four
	   elements the	first element is taken to be the colour	index to
	   change. For normal work you might want to simply use	a 3 element
	   array with R, G and B values	and let	the package deal with the
	   details. The	R,G and	B values go from 0 to 1.

	   In addition the package will	also try to interpret non-recognised
	   colour names	using the default X11 lookup table, normally using the
	   "rgb.txt" that came with PGPLOT.

	   For more details on the handling of colour it is best that the user
	   consults the	PGPLOT documentation. Further details on the handling
	   of colour can be found in the documentation for the internal
	   routine "_set_colour".

	   The HardColour option should	be used	if you are plotting to a
	   hardcopy device [this may be	untrue?].

       diraxis
	   This	sets the direction of the axes of a plot or image, when	you
	   don't explicitly set	them with the XRange and YRange	options.  It's
	   particularly	useful when you	want (for example) to put long
	   wavelengths (larger numbers)	on the left hand side of your plot, or
	   when	you want to plot an image in (RA,dec) coordinates.

	   You can use either a	scalar or a two-element	perl array.  If	you
	   set it to 0 (the default) then PDL will guess which direction you
	   want	to go.	If you set it to a positive number, the	axis will
	   always increase to the right. If you	set it to a negative number,
	   the axis will always	increase to the	left.

	   For example,	[0,0] is the default, which is usually right.  [1,1]
	   tells PGPLOT	to always increase the axis values up and to the
	   right.  For a plot of intensity (y-axis) versus wavelength (x-axis)
	   you could say [-1,1].

	   This	option is really only useful if	you want to allow autoranging
	   but need to set the direction that the axis goes.  If you use the
	   ranging options ("XRange" and "YRange"), you	can change the
	   direction by	changing the order of the maximum and minimum values.
	   That	direction will override	"DirAxis".

       filltype
	   Set the fill	type to	be used	by "poly", "circle", "ellipse",	and
	   "rectangle" The fill	can either be specified	using numbers or name,
	   according to	the following table, where the recognised name is
	   shown in capitals - it is case-insensitive, but the whole name must
	   be specified.

	    1 -	SOLID
	    2 -	OUTLINE
	    3 -	HATCHED
	    4 -	CROSS_HATCHED

	    $opt = {FILLTYPE =>	'SOLID'};

	   (see	below for an example of	hatched	fill)

       font
	   Set the character font. This	can either be specified	as a number
	   following the PGPLOT	numbering or name as follows (name in
	   capitals):

	    1 -	NORMAL
	    2 -	ROMAN
	    3 -	ITALIC
	    4 -	SCRIPT

	   (Note that in a string, the font can	be changed using the escape
	   sequences "\fn", "\fr", "\fi" and "\fs" respectively)

	    $opt = {FONT => 'ROMAN'};

	   gives the same result as

	    $opt = {FONT => 2};

	   The HardFont	option should be used if you are plotting to a
	   hardcopy device.

       hatching
	   Set the hatching to be used if either fillstyle 3 or	4 is selected
	   (see	above) The specification is similar to the one for specifying
	   arrows.  The	arguments for the hatching is either given using a
	   hash	with the key ANGLE to set the angle that the hatch lines will
	   make	with the horizontal, SEPARATION	to set the spacing of the
	   hatch lines in units	of 1% of "min(height, width)" of the view
	   surface, and	PHASE to set the offset	the hatching. Alternatively
	   this	can be specified as a 1x3 piddle "$hatch=pdl[$angle, $sep,
	   $phase]".

	    $opt = {FILLTYPE =>	'HATCHED',
		    HATCHING =>	{ANGLE=>30, SEPARATION=>4}};

	   Can also be specified as

	    $opt = {FILL=> 'HATCHED', HATCH => pdl [30,4,0.0]};

	   For another example of hatching, see	"poly".

       justify
	   If "justify"	is set true, then the plot axes	are shrunk to fit the
	   plot	or image and it	specifies the aspect ratio of pixel
	   coordinates in the plot or image.  Setting justify=>1 will produce
	   a correct-aspect-ratio, shrink-wrapped image	or plot; setting
	   justify=>0.5	will do	the same thing but with	a short	and fat	plot.
	   The difference between "justify" and	"pix" is that "pix" does not
	   affect the shape of the axes	themselves.

       linestyle
	   Set the line	style. This can	either be specified as a number
	   following the PGPLOT	numbering:

	    1 -	SOLID line
	    2 -	DASHED
	    3 -	DOT-DASH-dot-dash
	    4 -	DOTTED
	    5 -	DASH-DOT-DOT-dot

	   or using name (as given in capitals above).	Thus the following two
	   specifications both specify the line	to be dotted:

	    $opt = {LINESTYLE => 4};
	    $varopt = {LINESTYLE => 'DOTTED'};

	   The names are not case sensitive, but the full name is required.

       linewidth
	   Set the line	width. It is specified as a integer multiple of	0.13
	   mm.

	    $opt = {LINEWIDTH => 10}; #	A rather fat line

	   The HardLW option should be used if you are plotting	to a hardcopy
	   device.

       pitch
	   Sets	the number of data pixels per inch on the output device.  You
	   can set the "unit" (see below) to change this to any	other PGPLOT
	   unit	(millimeters, pixels, etc.).   Pitch is	device independent, so
	   an image should appear exactly the same size	(e.g. "Pitch=>100" is
	   100 dpi) regardless of output device.

       pix Sets	the pixel aspect ratio height/width.  The height is adjusted
	   to the correct ratio, while maintaining any otherwise-set pitch or
	   scale in the	horizontal direction.  Larger numbers yield tall,
	   skinny pixels; smaller numbers yield	short, fat pixels.

       scale
	   Sets	the number of output display pixels per	data pixel.  You can
	   set the "unit" (see below) to change	this to	number of PGPLOT units
	   (inches, millimeters, etc.) per data	pixel.	"scale"	is deprecated,
	   as it is not	device-independent; but	it does	come in	handy for
	   quick work on digital displays, where aliasing might	otherwise
	   interfere with image	interpretation.	 For example, "scale=>1"
	   displays images at their native resolution.

       Panel
	   It is possible to define multiple plot ``panels'' with in a single
	   window (see the NXPanel and NYPanel options in the constructor).
	   You can explicitly set in which panel most plotting commands	occur,
	   by passing either a scalar or an array ref into the "Panel" option.
	   There is also a panel method, but its use is	deprecated because of
	   a wart with the PGPLOT interface.

       plotting	& imaging range
	   Explicitly set the plot range in x and y. X-range and Y-range are
	   set separately via the aptly	named options "XRange" and "YRange".
	   If omitted PGPLOT selects appropriate defaults (minimum and maximum
	   of the data range in	general). These	options	are ignored if the
	   window is on	hold.

	     line $x, $y, {xr => [0,5]}; # y-range uses	default
	     line $x, $y, {XRange => [0,5], YRange => [-1,3]}; # fully specified range
	     imag $im, {XRange => [30,50], YRange=>[-10,30]};
	     fits_imag $im, {XRange=>[-2,2], YRange=>[0,1]};

	   Imaging requires some thought if you	don't want to lose a pixel off
	   the edge of the image.  Pixels are value-centered (they are
	   centered on the coordinate whose value they represent), so the
	   appropriate range to	plot the entirety of a 100x100 pixel image is
	   "[-0.5,99.5]" on each axis.

OBJECT-ORIENTED	INTERFACE
       This section will briefly describe how the
       PDL::Graphics::PGPLOT::Window package can be used in an object-oriented
       (OO) approach and what the advantages of	this would be. We will start
       with the	latter

       Multiple	windows.
	   For the common user it is probably most interesting to use the OO
	   interface when handling several open	devices	at the same time. If
	   you have one	variable for each plot device it is easier to
	   distribute commands to the right device at the right	time. This is
	   the angle we	will take in the rest of this description.

       Coding and abstraction
	   At a	more fundamental level it is desirable to approach a situation
	   where it is possible	to have	a generic plotting interface which
	   gives access	to several plotting libraries, much as PGPLOT gives
	   access to different output devices. Thus in such a hypothetical
	   package one would say:

	     my	$win1 =	Graphics::new('PGPLOT',	{Device	=> '/xs'});
	     my	$win2 =	Graphics::new('gnuplot', {Background =>	'Gray'};

	   From	a more practical point of of view such abstraction also	comes
	   in handy when you write a large program package and you do not want
	   to import routines nilly-willy in which case	an OO approach with
	   method calls	is a lot cleaner.

	   The pgwin exported constructor, arguably, breaks this philosophy;
	   hopefully it	will ``wither away'' when other	compatible modules are
	   available.

       Anyway, enough philosophizing, let us get down to Earth and give	some
       examples	of the use of OO PGPLOT. As an example we will take Odd	(which
       happens to be a common Norwegian	name) who is monitoring	the birth of
       rabbits in O'Fib-o-nachy's farm (alternatively he can of	course be
       monitoring processes or do something entirely different). Odd wants the
       user to be able to monitor both the birth rates and accumulated number
       of rabbits and the spatial distribution of the births. Since these are
       logically different he chooses to have two windows open:

	 $rate_win = PDL::Graphics::PGPLOT::Window->new(Device => '/xw',
		     Aspect => 1, WindowWidth => 5, NXPanel => 2);

	 $area_win = PDL::Graphics::PGPLOT::Window->new(Device => '/xw',
		     Aspect => 1, WindowWidth => 5);

       See the documentation for new below for a full overview of the options
       you can pass to the constructor.

       Next, Odd wants to create plotting areas	for subsequent plots and maybe
       show the	expected theoretical trends

	 $rate_win->env(0, 10, 0, 1000,	{XTitle	=> 'Days', YTitle => '#Rabbits'});
	 $rate_win->env(0, 10, 0, 100, {Xtitle=>'Days',	Ytitle => 'Rabbits/day'});

	 $area_win->env(0, 1, 0, 1, {XTitle => 'Km', Ytitle => 'Km'});
	 # And theoretical prediction.
	 $rate_win->line(sequence(10), fibonacci(10), {Panel =>	[1, 1]});

       That is basically it. The commands should automatically focus the
       relevant	window.	Due to the limitations of PGPLOT this might however
       lead you	to plot	in the wrong panel... The package tries	to be smart
       and do this correctly, but might	get it wrong at	times.

STATE and RECORDING
       A new addition to the graphics interface	is the ability to record plot
       commands. This can be useful when you create a nice-looking plot	on the
       screen that you want to re-create on paper for instance.	Or if you want
       to redo it with slightly	changed	variables for instance.	This is	still
       under development and views on the interface are	welcome.

       The functionality is somewhat detached from the plotting	functions
       described below so I will discuss them and their	use here.

       Recording is off	by default. To turn it on when you create a new	device
       you can set the "Recording" option to true, or you can set the
       $PDL::Graphics::PGPLOT::RECORDING variable to 1.	I recommend doing the
       latter in your ".perldlrc" file at least	since you will often have use
       for recording in	the perldl or pdl2 script.

   Use of recording
       The recording is	meant to help you recreate a plot with new data	or to
       a different device. The most typical situation is that you have created
       a beautiful plot	on screen and want to have a Postscript	file with it.
       In the dreary old world you needed to go	back and execute all commands
       manually, but with this wonderful new contraption, the recorder,	you
       can just	replay your commands:

	 dev '/xs', {Recording => 1}
	 $x = sequence(10)
	 line $x, $x**2, {Linestyle => 'Dashed'}
	 $s = retrieve_state() # Get the current tape out of the recorder.
	 dev '/cps'
	 replay	$s

       This should result in a "pgplot.ps" file	with a parabola	drawn with a
       dashed line. Note the command "retrieve_state" which retrieves the
       current state of	the recorder and return	an object (of type
       PDL::Graphics::State) that is used to replay commands later.

   Controlling the recording
       Like any	self-respecting	recorder you can turn the recorder on and off
       using the "turn_on_recording" and "turn_off_recording" respectively.
       Likewise	you can	clear the state	using the "clear_state"	command.

	 $w=PDL::Graphics::PGPLOT::Window->new(Device => '/xs');
	 $w->turn_on_recording;
	 $x=sequence(10); $y=$x*$x;
	 $w->line($x, $y);
	 $w->turn_off_recording;
	 $w->line($y, $x);
	 $w->turn_on_recording;
	 $w->line($x, $y*$x);
	 $state	= $w->retrieve_state();

       We can then replay $state and get a parabola and	a cubic	plot.

	 $w->replay($state);

   Tips	and Gotchas!
       The data	are stored in the state	object as references to	the real data.
       This leads to one good and one potentially bad consequence:

       The good	is that	you can	create the plot	and then subsequently redo the
       same plot using a different set of data.	This is	best explained by an
       example.	Let us first create a simple gradient image and	get a copy of
       the recording:
	     $im = sequence(10,10)
	     imag $im
	     $s=retrieve_state

	   Now this was	a rather dull plot, and	in reality we wanted to	show
	   an image using "rvals". Instead of re-creating the plot (which of
	   course here would be	the simplest option) we	just change $im:

	     $im -= sequence(10,10)
	     $im += rvals(10,10)

	   Now replay the commands

	     replay $s

	   And hey presto! A totally different plot. Note however the trickery
	   required to avoid losing reference to $im

       This takes us immediately to the	major problem with the recording
       though. Memory leakage! Since the recording keeps references to the
       data it can keep	data from being	freed (zero reference count) when you
       expect it to be.	For instance, in this example, we lose totally track
       of the original $im variable, but since there is	a reference to it in
       the state it will not be	freed
	     $im = sequence(1000,1000)
	     imag $im
	     $s	= retrieve_state
	     $im = rvals(10,10)

	   Thus	after the execution of these commands we still have a
	   reference to	a 1000x1000 array which	takes up a lot of memory...

	   The solution	is to call "clear" on the state	variable:

	     $s->clear()

	   (This is done automatically if the variable goes out	of scope). I
	   forsee this problem to most acute when working on the "perldl" or
	   "pdl2" command line,	but since this is exactly where	the recording
	   is most useful the best advice is just to be	careful	and call clear
	   on state variables.

	   If you are working with scripts and use large images	for instance I
	   would instead recommend that	you do not turn	on recording unless
	   you need it.

FUNCTIONS
       A more detailed listing of the functions	and their usage	follows. For
       all functions we	specify	which options take effect and what other
       options exist for the given function. The function descriptions below
       are all given for the non-OO usage for historical reasons, but since
       the conversion to an OO method is trivial there is no major need	for
       concern.	Whenever you see a function example of the form

	 Usage:	a_simple_function($x, $y, $z [,	$opt]);

       and you wish to use the OO version, just	let your mind read the above
       line as:

	 Usage:	$win->a_simple_function($x, $y,	$z [, $opt]);

       where $win is a PDL::Graphics::PGPLOT::Window object. That is all.

   Window control functions.
   pgwin
       Exported	constructor for	PGPLOT object/device/plot window.

	Usage: pgwin($opt);
	Usage: pgwin($option->$value,...);
	Usage: pgwin($device);

       Parameters are passed on	to new() and can either	be specified by	hash
       reference or as a list.

       See the documentation fo	PDL::Graphics::PGPLOT::Window::new for
       details.

       Because pgwin is	a convenience function,	you can	specify	the device by
       passing in a single non-ref parameter.  For even	further	convenience,
       you can even omit the '/' in the	device specifier, so these two lines
       deliver the same	result:

	   $a =	pgwin(gif);
	   $a =	new PDL::Graphics::PGPLOT::Window({Dev=>'/gif'});

   new
       Constructor for PGPLOT object/device/plot window.

	 Usage:	PDL::Graphics::PGPLOT::Window->new($opt);
	 Usage:	PDL::Graphics::PGPLOT::Window->new($option=>$value,...);

       Options to new()	can either be specified	via a reference	to a hash

	 $win =	PDL::Graphics::PGPLOT::Window->new({Dev=>'/xserve',ny=>2});

       or directly, as an array

	 # NOTE: no more {} !
	 $win =	PDL::Graphics::PGPLOT::Window->new(Dev=>'/xserve',ny=>2);

       The following lists the recognised options:

       AspectRatio
	   The aspect ratio of the image, in the sense vertical/horizontal.
	   See the discussion on size setting.

       Device
	   The type of device to use. The syntax of this is the	one used by
	   PGPLOT.

       Hold
	   Hold	the plot window	so that	subsequent plots can plot over
	   existing plots.  This can be	adjusted with the "hold()" and
	   "release()" methods.

       NXPanel
	   The number of panels	in the X-direction

       NYPanel
	   The number of panels	in the Y-direction

       Size
	   Yet another way to identify the plot	window size -- this takes a
	   scalar or an	array ref containing one, two, or three	numbers.  One
	   number gives	you a square window.  Two gives	you a rectangular
	   window "(X,Y)".  Three lets you specify the unit compactly (e.g.
	   "[<X>,<Y>,1]" for inches, "[<X>,<Y>,2]" for mm) but is deprecated
	   in favor of using the "Unit"	option.	 See the discussion on size
	   setting.

       Unit
	   The unit to use for size setting.  PGPLOT accepts inch, mm, or
	   pixel.  The default unit is inches for historical reasons, but you
	   can choose millimeters or (God forbid) pixels as well.  String or
	   numeric specifications are OK (0=normalized,	1=inches, 2=mm,
	   3=pixels).  Normalized units	make no	sense here and are not
	   accepted.  Ideally someone will one day hook	this into the CPAN
	   units parser	so you can specify window size in rods or attoparsecs.

       WindowName
	   The name to give to the window. No particular use is	made of	this
	   at present.	It would be great if it	was possible to	change the
	   title of the	window frame.

       WindowWidth
	   The width of	the window in inches (or the specified Unit).  See the
	   discussion on size setting.

       WindowXSize and WindowYSize
	   The width and height	of the window in inches	(or the	specified
	   Unit).  See the discussion on size setting.

       An important point to note is that the default values of	most options
       can be specified	by passing these to the	constructor. All general
       options (common to several functions) can be adjusted in	such a way,
       but function specific options can not be	set in this way	(this is a
       design limitation which is unlikely to be changed).

       Thus the	following call will set	up a window where the default axis
       colour will be yellow and where plot lines normally have	red colour and
       dashed linestyle.

	 $win =	PDL::Graphics::PGPLOT::Window->new(Device => '/xs',
		 AxisColour => 'Yellow', Colour	=> 'Red', LineStyle => 'Dashed');

       Size setting: There are a gazillion ways	to set window size, in keeping
       with TIMTOWTDI.	In general you can get away with passing any unique
       combination of an "<X>" size, a "<Y>"size, and/or an aspect ratio.  In
       increasing order	of precedence, the options are:	("Units",
       "AspectRatio", "WindowWidth", "Window<X,Y>Size",	"Size").

       So if you specify an AspectRatio	*and* an X and a Y coordinate, the
       AspectRatio is ignored.	Likewise, if you specify Units and a three-
       component Size, the Units option	is ignored in favor of the numeric
       unit in the Size.

       If you don't specify enough information to set the size of the window,
       you get the default pane	size and shape for that	device.

   close
       Close a plot window

	 Usage:	$win->close()

       Close the current window. This does not necessarily mean	that the
       window is removed from your screen, but it does ensure that the device
       is closed.

       A message will be printed to STDOUT giving the name of the file created
       if the plot was made to a hardcopy device and $PDL::verbose is true.

   held
       Check if	a window is on hold

	 $is_held = $win->held();

       Function	to check whether the window is held or not.

   hold
       Hold the	present	window.

	Usage: $win->hold()

       Holds the present window	so that	subsequent plot	commands overplots.

   panel
       Switch to a different panel

	 $win->panel(<num>);

       Move to a different panel on the	plotting surface. Note that you	will
       need to erase it	manually if that is what you require.

       This routine currently does something you probably don't	want, and
       hence is	deprecated for most use:  if you say

	 $win->panel(1);
	 $win->imag($image);

       then $image will	actually be displayed in panel 2.  That's because the
       main plotting routines such as line and imag all	advance	the panel when
       necessary.  Instead, it's better	to use the Panel option	within
       plotting	commands, if you want to set the panel explicitly.

   release
       Release a plot window.

	  $win->release()

       Release a plot window so	that subsequent	plot commands move to the next
       panel or	erase the plot and create a new	plot.

   erase
       Erase plot

	 $win->erase($opt);

       Erase a plot area. This accepts the option "Panel" or alternatively a
       number or array reference which makes it	possible to specify the	panel
       to erase	when working with several panels.

   Plotting functions
   env
       Define a	plot window, and put graphics on 'hold'

	$win->env( $xmin, $xmax, $ymin,	$ymax, [$justify, $axis] );
	$win->env( $xmin, $xmax, $ymin,	$ymax, [$options] );

       $xmin, $xmax, $ymin, $ymax are the plot boundaries.  $justify is	a
       boolean value (default is 0); if	true the axes scales will be the same
       (see "justify").	 $axis describes how the axes should be	drawn (see
       "axis") and defaults to 0.

       If the second form is used, $justify and	$axis can be set in the
       options hash, for example:

	$win->env( 0, 100, 0, 50, {JUSTIFY => 1, AXIS => 'GRID',
				   CHARSIZE => 0.7} );

       In addition the following options can also be set for "env":

       PlotPosition
	   The position	of the plot on the page	relative to the	view surface
	   in normalised coordinates as	an anonymous array. The	array should
	   contain the lower and upper X-limits	and then the lower and upper
	   Y-limits. To	place two plots	above each other with no space between
	   them	you could do

	     $win->env(0, 1, 0,	1, {PlotPosition => [0.1, 0.5, 0.1, 0.5]});
	     $win->env(5, 9, 0,	8, {PlotPosition => [0.1, 0.5, 0.5, 0.9]});

       Axis, Justify, Border
	   See the description of general options for these options.

       AxisColour
	   Set the colour of the coordinate axes.

       XTitle, YTitle, Title, Font, CharSize
	   Axes	titles and the font and	size to	print them.

   label_axes
       Label plot axes

	 $win->label_axes(<xtitle>, <ytitle>, <plot title>, $options);

       Draw labels for each axis on a plot.

   imag
       Display an image	(uses "pgimag()"/"pggray()" as appropriate)

	$win->imag ( $image,  [$min, $max, $transform],	[$opt] )

       NOTES

       $transform for image/cont etc. is used in the same way as the "TR()"
       array in	the underlying PGPLOT FORTRAN routine but is, fortunately,
       zero-offset. The	transform() routine can	be used	to create this piddle.

       If $image is two-dimensional, you get a grey or pseudocolor image using
       the scalar values at each X,Y point.  If	$image is three-dimensional
       and the third dimension has order 3, then it is treated as an RGB true-
       color image via rgbi.

       There are several options related to scaling.  By default, the image is
       scaled to fit the PGPLOT	default	viewport on the	screen.	 Scaling,
       aspect ratio preservation, and 1:1 pixel	mapping	are available.	(1:1
       pixel mapping is	useful for avoiding display artifacts, but it's	not
       recommended for final output as it's not	device-independent.)

       Here's an additional complication: the "pixel" stuff refers not
       (necessarily) to	normal image pixels, but rather	to transformed image
       pixels.	That is	to say,	if you feed in a transform matrix via the
       "TRANSFORM" option, the "PIX", "SCALE", etc. options all	refer to the
       transformed coordinates and not physical	image pixels.  That is a Good
       Thing because it, e.g., lets you	specify	plate scales of	your output
       plots directly!	See fits_imag for an example application.  If you do
       not feed	in a transform matrix, then the	identity matrix	is applied so
       that the	scaling	options	refer to original data pixels.

       To draw a colour	bar (or	wedge),	either use the "DrawWedge" option, or
       the "draw_wedge()" routine (once	the image has been drawn).

       Options recognised:

       ITF
	  the image transfer function applied to the pixel values.  It may be
	  one of 'LINEAR', 'LOG', 'SQRT' (lower	case is	acceptable). It
	  defaults to 'LINEAR'.

       MIN
	  Sets the minimum value to be used for	calculation of the color-table
	  stretch.

       MAX
	  Sets the maximum value for the same.

       RANGE
	  A more compact way to	specify	MIN and	MAX, as	a list:	you can	say
	  "Range=>[0,10]" to scale the color table for brightness values
	  between 0 and	10 in the iamge	data.

       CRANGE
	  Image	values between MIN and MAX are scaled to an interval in
	  normalized color domain space, on the	interval [0,1],	before lookup
	  in the window's color	table. CRANGE lets you use only	a part of the
	  color	table by specifying your own range -- e.g. if you say
	  "CRange=>[0.25,0.75]"	then only the middle half of the pseudocolor
	  space	will be	used.  (See the	writeup	on ctab().)

       TRANSFORM
	  The PGPLOT transform 'matrix'	as a 6x1 vector	for display

       DrawWedge
	  set to 1 to draw a colour bar	(default is 0)

       Wedge
	  see the draw_wedge() routine

       The following standard options influence	this command:

	AXIS, BORDER, JUSTIFY, SCALE, PIX, PITCH, ALIGN, XRANGE, YRANGE

	  To see an image with maximum size in the current window, but square
	  pixels, say:
		$win->imag( $a,	{ PIX=>1 } );
	  An alternative approach is to	try:
		$win->imag( $a,	{ JUSTIFY=>1 } );
	  To see the same image, scaled	1:1 with device	pixels,	say:
		$win->imag( $a,	{ SCALE=>1 } );
	  To see an image made on a device with	1:2 pixel aspect ratio,	with
	  X pixels the same as original	image pixels, say
		$win->imag( $a,	{ PIX=>0.5, SCALE=>2 } );
	  To display an	image at 100 dpi on any	device,	say:
		$win->imag( $a,	{ PITCH=>100 } );
	  To display an	image with 100 micron pixels, say:
		$win->imag( $a,	{ PITCH=>10, UNIT=>'mm'	} );

   imag1
       Display an image	with correct aspect ratio

	$win->imag1 ( $image, [$min, $max, $transform],	[$opt] )

       This is syntactic sugar for

	 $win->imag( { PIX=>1, ALIGN=>'CC' } );

   rgbi
       Display an RGB color image

       The calling sequence is exactly like "imag", except that	the input
       image must have three dimensions: "N x M	x 3".  The last	dimension is
       the (R,G,B) color value.	 This routine requires pgplot 5.3devel or
       later.  Calling rgbi explicitly is not necessary, as calling image with
       an appropriately	dimensioned RGB	triplet	makes it fall through to rgbi.

   fits_imag
       Display a FITS image with correct axes

	 $win->fits_imag( image,  [$min, $max],	[$opt] );

       NOTES

       Titles:
	  Currently fits_imag also generates titles for	you by default and
	  appends the FITS header scientific units if they're present.	So if
	  you say

	    $pdl->hdr->{CTYPE1}	= "Flamziness";
	    $pdl->hdr->{CUNIT1}	= "milliBleems";
	    $win->fits_imag($pdl);

	  then you get an X title of "Flamziness (milliBleems)".  But you can
	  (of course) override that by specifying the XTitle and YTitle
	  switches:

	    $win->fits_imag($pdl,{Xtitle=>"Arbitrary"});

	  will give you	"Arbitrary" as an X axis title,	regardless of what's
	  in the header.

       Scaling and aspect ratio:
	  If CUNIT1 and	CUNIT2 (or, if they're missing,	CTYPE1 and CTYPE2)
	  agree, then the default pixel	aspect ratio is	1 (in scientific
	  units, NOT in	original pixels).  If they don't agree (as for a
	  spectrum) then the default pixel aspect ratio	is adjusted
	  automatically	to match the plot viewport and other options you've
	  specified.

	  You can override the image scaling using the SCALE, PIX, or PITCH
	  options just as with the imag() method -- but	those parameters refer
	  to the scientific coordinate system rather than to the pixel
	  coordinate system (e.g. "PITCH=>100" means "100 scientific units per
	  inch", and "SCALE=>1"	means "1 scientific unit per device pixel").
	  See the imag() writeup for more info on these	options.

	  The default value of the "ALIGN" option is 'CC' -- centering the
	  image	both vertically	and horizontally.

       Axis direction:
	  By default, fits_imag	tries to guess which direction your axes are
	  meant	to go (left-to-right or	right-to-left) using the CDELT
	  keywords: if "CDELT" is negative, then rather	than reflecting	the
	  image	fits_imag will plot the	X axis so that the highest values are
	  on the left.

	  This is the most convenient behavior for folks who use calibrated
	  (RA,DEC) images, but it is technically incorrect.  To	force the
	  direction, use the DirAxis option.  Setting "DirAxis=>1"
	  (abbreviated "di=>1")	will force the scientific axes to increase to
	  the right, reversing the image as necessary.

       Color wedge:
	  By default fits_imag draws a color wedge on the right; you can
	  explicitly set the "DrawWedge" option	to 0 to	avoid this.  Use the
	  "WTitle" option to set the wedge title.

       Alternate WCS coordinates:
	  The default behaviour	is to use the primary/default WCS information
	  in the FITS header (i.e. the "CRVAL1","CRPIX1",... keywords).	The
	  Greisen et al. standard
	  (<http://fits.cv.nrao.edu/documents/wcs/wcs.html>) allows
	  alternative/additional mappings to be	included in a header; these
	  are denoted by the letters "A" to "Z". If you	know that your image
	  contains such	a mapping then you can use the "WCS" option to select
	  the appropriate letter. For example, if you had read in a Chandra
	  image	created	by the CIAO software package then you can display the
	  image	in the "physical" coordinate system by saying:

	    $win->fits_imag( $pdl, { wcs => 'p'	} );

	  The identity transform is used if you	select a mapping for which
	  there	is no information in the header.  Please note that this
	  support is experimental and is not guaranteed	to work	correctly;
	  please see the documentation for the _FITS_tr	routine	for more
	  information.

   fits_rgbi
       Display an RGB FITS image with correct axes

	 $win->fits_rgbi( image, [$min,$max], [$opt] );

       Works exactly like fits_imag, but the image must	be in (X,Y,RGB)	form.
       Only the	first two axes of the FITS header are examined.

   fits_cont
       Draw contours of	an image, labelling the	axes using the WCS information
       in the FITS header of the image.

	 $win->fits_cont( image, [$contours, $transform, $misval], [$opt] )

       Does the	same thing for the cont	routine	that fits_imag does for	the
       imag routines.

   draw_wedge
       Add a wedge (colour bar)	to an image.

	$win->draw_wedge( [$opt] )

       Adds a wedge - shows the	mapping	between	colour and value for a pixel -
       to the current image.  This can also be achieved	by setting "DrawWedge"
       to 1 when calling the "imag" routine.

       The colour and font size	are the	same as	used to	draw the image axes
       (although this will probably fail if you	did it yourself).  To control
       the size	and location of	the wedge, use the "Wedge" option, giving it a
       hash reference containing any of	the following:

       Side
	   Which side of the image to draw the wedge: can be one of 'B', 'L',
	   'T',	or 'R'.	Default	is 'R'.

       Displacement
	   How far from	the edge of the	image should the wedge be drawn, in
	   units of character size. To draw within the image use a negative
	   value. Default is 1.5.

       Width
	   How wide should the wedge be, in units of character size.  Default
	   is 2.

       Label
	   A text label	to be added to the wedge.  If set, it is probably
	   worth increasing the	"Width"	value by about 1 to keep the text
	   readable.  Default is ''.  This is equivalent to the	"WTitle"
	   option to imag, fits_imag, and similar methods.

       ForeGround (synonym Fg)
	   The pixel value corresponding to the	"maximum" colour.  If "undef",
	   uses	the value used by "imag" (recommended choice).	Default	is
	   "undef".

       BackGround (synonym Bg)
	   The pixel value corresponding to the	"minimum" colour.  If "undef",
	   uses	the value used by "imag" (recommended choice).	Default	is
	   "undef".

	$a = rvals(50,50);
	$win = PDL::Graphics::PGPLOT::Window->new();
	$win->imag( $a,	{ Justify => 1,	ITF => 'sqrt' }	);
	$win->draw_wedge( { Wedge => { Width =>	4, Label => 'foo' } } );
	# although the following might be more sensible
	$win->imag( $a,	{ Justify => 1,	ITF => 'sqrt', DrawWedge => 1,
	    Wedge => { Width =>	4, Label => 'foo'} } );

   ctab
       Load an image colour table.

	Usage:

	  ctab ( $name,	[$contrast, $brightness] ) # Builtin col table
	  ctab ( $ctab,	[$contrast, $brightness] ) # $ctab is Nx4 array
	  ctab ( $levels, $red,	$green,	$blue, [$contrast, $brightness]	)
	  ctab ( '', $contrast,	$brightness ) #	use last color table

       Note: See PDL::Graphics::LUT for	access to a large number of colour
       tables.

       Notionally, all non-RGB images and vectors have their colors looked up
       in the window's color table.  Colors in images and such are scaled to a
       normalized pseudocolor domain on	the line segment [0,1];	the color
       table is	a piecewise linear function that maps this one-dimensional
       scale to	the three-dimensional normalized RGB color space [0,1]^3.

       You can specify specific	indexed	colors by appropriate use of the
       (levels,red,green,blue) syntax -- but that is deprecated, since the
       actual available	number of colors can change depending on the output
       device.	(Someone needs to write	a specific hardware-dependent lookup
       table interface).

       See also	imag for a description of how to use only part of the color
       table for a particular image.

   ctab_info
       Return information about	the currently loaded color table

   autolog
       Turn on automatic logarithmic scaling in	"line" and "points"

	 Usage:	 autolog([0|1]);

       Setting the argument to 1 turns on automatic log	scaling	and setting it
       to zero turns it	off again. The function	can be used in both the	object
       oriented	and standard interface.	To learn more, see the documentation
       for the axis option.

	  my $win = PDL::Graphics::PGPLOT::Window->new(dev=>'/xserve');
	  my $x=sequence(10);
	  my $y=$x*$x+1;

	  $win->autolog(1);
	  $win->line($x,$y, {Axis => 'LogY'});

   line
       Plot vector as connected	points

       If the 'MISSING'	option is specified, those points in the $y vector
       which are equal to the MISSING value are	not plotted, but are skipped
       over.  This allows one to quickly draw multiple lines with one call to
       "line", for example to draw coastlines for maps.

	Usage: line ( [$x,] $y,	[$opt] )

       The following standard options influence	this command:

	AXIS, BORDER, COLO(U)R,	LINESTYLE, LINEWIDTH, MISSING,
	JUSTIFY, SCALE,	PITCH, PIX, ALIGN

	$x = sequence(10)/10.;
	$y = sin($x)**2;
	# Draw a red dot-dashed	line
	line $x, $y, {COLOR => 'RED', LINESTYLE=>3};

   lines
       Plot a list of vectors as discrete sets of connected points

       This works much like line, but for discrete sets	of connected points.
       There are two ways to break lines: you can pass in x/y coordinates just
       like in line, but with an additional "pen" piddle that indicates
       whether the pen is up or	down on	the line segment following each	point
       (so you set it to zero at the end of each line segment you want to
       draw);  or you can pass in an array ref containing a list of single
       polylines to draw.

       Happily,	there's	extra meaning packed into the "pen" piddle: it
       multiplies the COLO(U)R that you	set, so	if you feed in boolean values
       you get what you	expect -- but you can also feed	in integer or
       floating-point values to	get multicolored lines.

       Furthermore, the	sign bit of "pen" can be used to draw hairline
       segments: if "pen" is negative, then the	segment	is drawn as though it
       were positive but with LineWidth	and HardLW set to 1 (the minimum).

       Equally happily,	even if	you are	using the array	ref mechanism to break
       your polylines you can feed in an array ref of "pen" values to take
       advantage of the	color functionality or further dice your polylines.

       Note that, unlike line, "lines" has no no specify-$y-only calling path.
       That's because "lines" is intended more for line	art than for plotting,
       so you always have to specify both $x and $y.

       Infinite	or bad values are ignored -- that is to	say, if	your vector
       contains	a non-finite point, that point breaks the vector just as if
       you set pen=0 for both that point and the point before it.

	Usage: $w->lines( $x, $y, [$pen], [$opt] );
	       $w->lines( $xy, [$pen], [$opt] );
	       $w->lines( \@xvects, \@yvects, [\@pen], [$opt] );
	       $w->lines( \@xyvects, [\@pen], [$opt] );

       The following standard options influence	this command:
	AXIS, BORDER, COLO(U)R,	LINESTYLE, LINEWIDTH, MISSING,
	JUSTIFY, SCALE,	PITCH, PIX, ALIGN

       CAVEAT:

       Setting "pen" elements to 0 prevents drawing altogether,	so you can't
       use that	to draw	in the background color.

   points
       Plot vector as points

	Usage: points (	[$x,] $y, [$symbol(s)],	[$opt] )

       Options recognised:

	  SYMBOL - Either a piddle with	the same dimensions as $x, containing
		   the symbol associated to each point or a number specifying
		   the symbol to use for every point, or a name	specifying the
		   symbol to use according to the following (recognised	name in
		    capital letters):
		    0 -	SQUARE	 1 - DOT     2 - PLUS	  3 - ASTERISK
		    4 -	CIRCLE	 5 - CROSS   7 - TRIANGLE 8 - EARTH
		    9 -	SUN	11 - DIAMOND 12- STAR
	PLOTLINE - If this is >0 a line	will be	drawn through the points.

       The following standard options influence	this command:

	AXIS, BORDER, CHARSIZE,	COLOUR,	LINESTYLE, LINEWIDTH,
	JUSTIFY, SCALE,	PIX, PITCH, ALIGN

       "SymbolSize" allows adjusting the symbol	size, it defaults to CharSize.

       The "ColorValues" option	allows one to plot XYZ data with the Z axis
       mapped to a color value.	 For example:

	use PDL::Graphics::LUT;
	ctab(lut_data('idl5'));	# set up color palette to 'idl5'
	points ($x, $y,	{ColorValues =>	$z});

	$y = sequence(10)**2+random(10);
	# Plot blue stars with a solid line through:
	points $y, {PLOTLINE =>	1, COLOUR => BLUE, symbol => STAR}; # case insensitive

   errb
       Plot error bars (using "pgerrb()")

       Usage:

	errb ( $y, $yerrors, [$opt] )
	errb ( $x, $y, $yerrors, [$opt]	)
	errb ( $x, $y, $xerrors, $yerrors, [$opt] )
	errb ( $x, $y, $xloerr,	$xhierr, $yloerr, $yhierr, [$opt])

       Any of the error	bar parameters may be "undef" to omit those error
       bars.

       Options recognised:

	  TERM - Length	of terminals in	multiples of the default length
	SYMBOL - Plot the datapoints using the symbol value given, either
		 as name or number - see documentation for 'points'

       The following standard options influence	this command:

	AXIS, BORDER, CHARSIZE,	COLOUR,	LINESTYLE, LINEWIDTH,
	JUSTIFY, SCALE,	PIX, PITCH, ALIGN

	$y = sequence(10)**2+random(10);
	$sigma=0.5*sqrt($y);
	errb $y, $sigma, {COLOUR => RED, SYMBOL	=> 18};

	# plot X bars only
	errb( $x, $y, $xerrors,	undef );

	# plot negative	going bars only
	errb( $x, $y, $xloerr, undef, $yloerr, undef );

   cont
       Display image as	contour	map

	Usage: cont ( $image,  [$contours, $transform, $misval], [$opt]	)

       Notes: $transform for image/cont	etc. is	used in	the same way as	the
       "TR()" array in the underlying PGPLOT FORTRAN routine but is,
       fortunately, zero-offset. The transform() routine can be	used to	create
       this piddle.

       Options recognised:

	   CONTOURS - A	piddle with the	contour	levels
	     FOLLOW - Follow the contour lines around (uses pgcont rather than
		      pgcons) If this is set >0	the chosen linestyle will be
		      ignored and solid	line used for the positive contours
		      and dashed line for the negative contours.
	     LABELS - An array of strings with labels for each contour
	LABELCOLOUR - The colour of labels if different	from the draw colour
		      This will	not interfere with the setting of draw colour
		      using the	colour keyword.
	    MISSING - The value	to ignore for contouring
	  NCONTOURS - The number of contours wanted for	automatical creation,
		      overridden by CONTOURS
	  TRANSFORM - The pixel-to-world coordinate transform vector

       The following standard options influence	this command:

	AXIS, BORDER, COLOUR, LINESTYLE, LINEWIDTH,
	JUSTIFY, SCALE,	PIX, PITCH, ALIGN

	$x=sequence(10,10);
	$ncont = 4;
	$labels= ['COLD', 'COLDER', 'FREEZING',	'NORWAY']
	# This will give four blue contour lines labelled in red.
	cont $x, {NCONT	=> $ncont, LABELS => $labels, LABELCOLOR => RED,
		  COLOR	=> BLUE}

   bin
       Plot vector as histogram	(e.g. "bin(hist($data))")

	Usage: bin ( [$x,] $data )

       Options recognised:

	CENTRE - (default=1) if	true, the x values denote the centre of	the
		 bin otherwise they give the lower-edge	(in x) of the bin
	CENTER - as CENTRE

       The following standard options influence	this command:

	AXIS, BORDER, COLOUR, JUSTIFY, LINESTYLE, LINEWIDTH

   hi2d
       Plot image as 2d	histogram (not very good IMHO...)

	Usage: hi2d ( $image, [$x, $ioff, $bias], [$opt] )

       Options recognised:

	IOFFSET	- The offset for each array slice. >0 slants to	the right
						   <0 to the left.
	   BIAS	- The bias to shift each array slice up	by.

       The following standard options influence	this command:

	AXIS, BORDER, JUSTIFY, SCALE, PIX, PITCH, ALIGN

       Note that meddling with the "ioffset" and "bias"	often will require you
       to change the default plot range	somewhat. It is	also worth noting that
       if you have TriD	working	you will probably be better off	using mesh3d
       or a similar command - see the PDL::Graphics::TriD module.

	$r=sequence(100)/50-1.0;
	$y=exp(-$r**2)*transpose(exp(-$r**2))
	hi2d $y, {IOFF => 1.5, BIAS => 0.07};

   arrow
       Plot an arrow

	Usage: arrow($x1, $y1, $x2, $y2, [, $opt]);

       Plot an arrow from "$x1,	$y1" to	"$x2, $y2". The	arrow shape can	be set
       using the option	"Arrow". See the documentation for general options for
       details about this option (and the example below):

       Example:

	 arrow(0, 1, 1,	2, {Arrow => {FS => 1, Angle =>	1, Vent	=> 0.3,	Size =>	5}});

       which draws a broad, large arrow	from (0, 1) to (1, 2).

   rect
       Draw a non-rotated rectangle

       Usage: rect ( $x1, $x2, $y1, $y2	)

       Options recognised:

       The following standard options influence	this command:

	AXIS, BORDER, COLOUR, FILLTYPE,	HATCHING, LINESTYLE,  LINEWIDTH
	JUSTIFY, SCALE,	PIX, PITCH, ALIGN

   poly
       Draw a polygon

	Usage: poly ( $x, $y )

       Options recognised:

       The following standard options influence	this command:

	AXIS, BORDER, COLOUR, FILLTYPE,	HATCHING, LINESTYLE,  LINEWIDTH
	JUSTIFY, SCALE,	PIX, PITCH, ALIGN

	# Fill with hatching in	two different colours
	$x=sequence(10)/10;
	# First	fill with cyan hatching
	poly $x, $x**2,	{COLOR=>5, FILL=>3};
	hold;
	# Then do it over again	with the hatching offset in phase:
	poly $x, $x**2,	{COLOR=>6, FILL=>3, HATCH=>{PHASE=>0.5}};
	release;

   circle
       Plot a circle on	the display using the fill setting.

	Usage: circle($x, $y, $radius [, $opt]);

       All arguments can alternatively be given	in the options hash using the
       following options:

       XCenter and YCenter
	   The position	of the center of the circle

       Radius
	   The radius of the circle.

   ellipse
       Plot an ellipse,	optionally using fill style.

	Usage: ellipse($x, $y, $a, $b, $theta [, $opt]);

       All arguments can alternatively be given	in the options hash using the
       following options:

       MajorAxis
	   The major axis of the ellipse - this	must be	defined	or $a must be
	   given.

       MinorAxis
	   The minor axis, like	A this is required.

       Theta (synonym Angle)
	   The orientation of the ellipse - defaults to	0.0. This is given in
	   radians.

       XCenter and YCenter
	   The coordinates of the center of the	ellipse. These must be
	   specified or	$x and $y must be given.

       NPoints
	   The number of points	used to	draw the ellipse. This defaults	to 100
	   and might need changing in the case of very large ellipses.

       The routine also	recognises the same standard options as	accepted by
       poly.

   rectangle
       Draw a rectangle.

	Usage: rectangle($xcenter, $ycenter, $xside, $yside, [,	$angle,	$opt]);

       This routine draws a rectangle with the chosen fill style. Internally
       it calls	poly which is somewhat slower than "pgrect" but	which allows
       for rotated rectangles as well. The routine recognises the same options
       as "poly" and in	addition the following:

       XCenter and YCenter
	   The position	of the center of the rectangle.	XCentre	and YCentre
	   are valid synonyms.

       XSide and YSide
	   The length of the X and Y sides. If only one	is specified the shape
	   is taken to be square with that as the side-length, alternatively
	   the user can	set Side

       Side
	   The length of the sides of the rectangle (in	this case a square) -
	   syntactic sugar for setting XSide and YSide identical. This is
	   overridden by XSide or YSide	if any of those	are set.

       Angle (synonym Theta)
	   The angle at	which the rectangle is to be drawn. This defaults to
	   0.0 and is given in radians.

   vect
       Display 2 images	as a vector field

	Usage: vect ( $w, $a, $b, [$scale, $pos, $transform, $misval], { opt } );
	       $w->vect($a,$b,[$scale,$pos,$transform,$misval],	{ opt });

       Notes: $transform for image/cont	etc. is	used in	the same way as	the
       "TR()" array in the underlying PGPLOT FORTRAN routine but is,
       fortunately, zero-offset. The transform() routine can be	used to	create
       this piddle.

       This routine will plot a	vector field. $a is the	horizontal component
       and $b the vertical component.  The scale factor	converts between
       vector length units and scientific positional units.  You can set the
       scale, position,	etc. either by passing in parameters in	the normal
       parameter list or by passing in options.

       Options recognised:

	    SCALE - Set	the scale factor for vector lengths.
	      POS - Set	the position of	vectors.
		    <0 - vector	head at	coordinate
		    >0 - vector	base at	coordinate
		    =0 - vector	centered on the	coordinate
	TRANSFORM - The	pixel-to-world coordinate transform vector
	  MISSING - Elements with this value are ignored.

       The following standard options influence	this command:

	ARROW, ARROWSIZE, AXIS,	BORDER,	CHARSIZE, COLOUR,
	LINESTYLE, LINEWIDTH,

	$a=rvals(11,11,{Centre=>[5,5]});
	$b=rvals(11,11,{Centre=>[0,0]});
	vect $a, $b, {COLOR=>YELLOW, ARROWSIZE=>0.5, LINESTYLE=>dashed};

   fits_vect
       Display a pair of 2-D piddles as	vectors, with FITS header
       interpretation

	Usage: fits_vect ($a, $b, [$scale, $pos, $transform, $misval] )

       "fits_vect" is to vect as fits_imag is to imag.

   transform
       Create transform	array for contour and image plotting

	$win->transform([$xdim,$ydim], $options);

       (For information	on coordinate transforms, try PDL::Transform.)	This
       function	creates	a transform array in the format	required by the	image
       and contouring routines.	You must call it with the dimensions of	your
       image as	arguments or pass these	as an anonymous	hash - see the example
       below.

       Angle
	   The rotation	angle of the transform,	in radians.  Positive numbers
	   rotate the image clockwise on the screen.

       ImageDimensions
	   The dimensions of the image the transform is	required for. The
	   dimensions should be	passed as a reference to an array.

       Pixinc
	   The increment in output coordinate per pixel.

       ImageCenter (or ImageCentre)
	   The centre of the image as an anonymous array or as a scalar, in
	   scientific coordinates. In the latter case the x and	y value	for
	   the center will be set equal	to this	scalar.	This is	particularly
	   useful in the common	case when the center is	(0, 0).	 (ImageCenter
	   overrides RefPos if both are	specified).

       RefPos (or ReferencePosition)
	   If you wish to set a	pixel other than the image centre to a given
	   value, use this option. It should be	supplied with a	reference to
	   an array containing 2 2-element array references, e.g.

	    RefPos => [	[ $xpix, $ypix ], [ $xplot, $yplot ] ]

	   This	will label pixel "($xpix,$ypix)" as being at position
	   "($xplot,$yplot)".  For example

	    RefPos	=> [ [100,74], [ 0, 0 ]	]

	   sets	the scientific coordinate origin to be at the center of	the
	   (100,74) pixel coordinate.  The pixel coordinates are pixel-
	   centered, and start counting	from 0 (as all good pixel coordinates
	   should).

       Example:

	  $im =	rvals(100, 100);
	  $w = PDL::Graphics::PGPLOT::Window->new(Device => '/xs');
	  $t = $w->transform(dims($im),	{ImageCenter =>	0,  Pixinc => 5});
	  $w->imag($im,	{Transform => $t});

   tline
       Threaded	line plotting

	$win->tline($x,	$y, $options);

       This is a threaded interface to "line". This is convenient if you have
       a 2D array and want to plot out every line in one go. The routine will
       apply any options you apply in a	"reasonable" way. In the sense that it
       will loop over the options wrapping over	if there are less options than
       lines.

       Example:

	 $h={Colour => ['Red', '1', 4],	Linestyle => ['Solid' ,'Dashed']};
	 $tx=zeroes(100,5)->xlinvals(-5,5);
	 $ty = $tx + $tx->yvals;
	 $win->tline($tx, $ty, $h);

   tpoints
       A threaded interface to points

	Usage: tpoints($x, $y, $options);

       This is a threaded interface to "points". This is convenient if you
       have a 2D array and want	to plot	out every line in one go. The routine
       will apply any options you apply	in a "reasonable" way. In the sense
       that it will loop over the options wrapping over	if there are less
       options than lines.

       Example:

	 $h={Colour => ['Red', '1', 4],	Linestyle => ['Solid' ,'Dashed']};
	 $tx=zeroes(100,5)->xlinvals(-5,5);
	 $ty = $tx + $tx->yvals;
	 tpoints($tx, $ty, $h);

   tcircle
       A threaded interface to circle

	Usage: tcircle($x, $y, $r, $options);

       This is a threaded interface to "circle". This is convenient if you
       have a list of circle centers and radii and want	to draw	every circle
       in one go.  The routine will apply any options you apply	in a
       "reasonable" way, in the	sense that it will loop	over the options
       wrapping	over if	there are less options than circles.

       Example:

	$x=sequence(5);
	$y=random(5);
	$r=sequence(5)/10 + 0.1;
	$h={justify => 1,Color => ['red','green','blue'], filltype => ['solid','outline','hatched','cross_hatched']};
	tcircle($x, $y,	$r, $h);

       Note that $x and	$y must	be the same size (>1D is OK, though
       meaningless as far as "tcircle" is concerned). $r can be	the same size
       as $x OR	a 1-element piddle OR a	single perl scalar.

   Text	routines
   text
       Write text in a plot window at a	specified position.

	Usage: text ($text, $x,	$y [, $opt])

       Options recognised:

       "ANGLE"
	   The angle in	degrees	between	the baseline of	the text and the
	   horisontal (increasing counter-clockwise). This defaults to 0.

       "JUSTIFICATION"
	   The justification of	the text relative to the position specified.
	   It defaults to 0.0 which gives left-justified text. A value of 0.5
	   gives centered text and a value of 1.0 gives	right-justified	text.

       "XPos", "YPos", "Text"
	   These gives alternative ways	to specify the text and	position.

       "BackgroundColour"
	   This	sets the background colour for the text	in case	an opaque
	   background is desired. You can also use the synonyms	"Bg" and
	   "BackgroundColor".

       The following standard options influence	this command:

	  COLOUR, CHARSIZE

	 line sequence(10), sequence(10)**2;
	 text 'A parabola', 3, 9, {Justification => 1, Angle=>atan2(6,1)};

   legend
       Add a legend to a plot

	Usage: legend($text, $x, $y, [,	$width], $opt]);

       This function adds a legend to an existing plot.	The action is
       primarily controlled by information in the options hash,	and the	basic
       idea is that $x and $y determines the upper left	hand corner of the box
       in which	the legend goes. If the	width is specified either as an
       argument	or as an option	in the option hash this	is used	to determine
       the optimal character size to fit the text into part of this width
       (defaults to 0.5	- see the description of "TextFraction"	below).	The
       rest of the width is filled out with either lines or symbols according
       to the content of the "LineStyle", "Symbol", "Colour" and "LineWidth"
       options.

       The local options recognised are	as follows:

       "Text"
	   An anonymous	array of annotations, can also be specified directly.

       "XPos" and "YPos"
	   The X and Y position	of the upper left-hand corner of the text.

       "Width" and "Height"
	   The width and/or height of each line	(including symbol/line). This
	   is used to determine	the character size. If any of these are	set to
	   'Automatic' the current character size will be used.

       "TextFraction"
	   The text and	the symbol/line	is set inside a	box. "TextFraction"
	   determines how much of this box should be devoted to	text. This
	   defaults to 0.5. You	can also use "Fraction"	as a synonym to	this.

       "TextShift"
	   This	option allows for fine control of the spacing between the text
	   and the start of the	line/symbol. It	is given in fractions of the
	   total width of the legend box. The default value is 0.1.

       "VertSpace" or "VSpace"
	   By default the text lines are separated by one character height (in
	   the sense that if the separation were 0 then	they would lie on top
	   of each other). The "VertSpace" option allows you to	increase (or
	   decrease) this gap in units of the character	height;	a value	of 0.5
	   would add half a character height to	the gap	between	lines, and
	   -0.5	would remove the same distance.	 The default value is 0.

       "BackgroundColour"
	   This	sets the background colour for the text	in case	an opaque
	   background is desired. You can also use the synonyms	"Bg" and
	   "BackgroundColor".

	 line $x, $y, {Color =>	'Red', LineStyle => 'Solid'};
	 line $x2, $y2,	{Color => 'Blue', 'LineStyle' => 'Dashed', LineWidth =>	10};

	 legend	['A red	line', 'A blue line'], 5, 5,
	     {LineStyle	=> ['Solid', 'Dashed'],	Colour => ['Red', 'Blue']
	      LineWidth	=> [undef, 10]}; # undef gives default.

   Cursor routines
   cursor
       Interactively read cursor positions.

	Usage: ($x, $y,	$ch, $xref, $yref) = cursor($opt)

       This routine has	no standard input parameters, but the type of cursor
       can be set by setting the option	"Type" as a key	in the anonymous hash
       $opt. The first three return values from	the function are always
       defined and gives the position selected by the user and the character
       pressed.

       Depending on the	cursor type selected the last two arguments might also
       be defined and these give a reference position. For instance if the
       cursor is selected to be	"Rectangle" then the reference position	gives
       one of the corners of the rectangle and $x and $y the diagonally
       opposite	one.

       Options recognised:

       XRef, YRef
	   The reference position to be	used

       Type
	   The type of cursor. This can	be selected using a number between 0
	   and 7 as in PGPLOT, or alternatively	you can	specify	these as,
	   "Default" (0), "RadialLine" (1), "Rectangle"	(2),
	   "TwoHorizontalLines"	(3), "TwoVerticalLines"	(4), "HorizontalLine"
	   (5),	"VerticalLine" (6) and "CrossHair" (7) respectively. The
	   default cursor is just the normal mouse cursor.

	   For the "RadialLine"	you must specify the reference point, whereas
	   for the "Two(Vertical|Horizontal)Lines" cursor the X	or Y reference
	   point, respectively,	must be	specified.

       To select a region on a plot, use the rectangle cursor:

	 ($x, $y, $ch, $xref, $yref) = cursor({Type => 'Rectangle'});
	 poly pdl($x, $xref, $xref, $x,	$x), pdl($y, $y, $yref,	$yref, $y);

       To select a region of the X-axis:

	 ($x1, $y1, $ch) = cursor({Type	=> 'VerticalLine'});
	 ($x2, $y2, $ch) = cursor({Type	=> 'TwoVerticalLines', XRef => $x1});

Internal routines
   signal_catcher, catch_signals, release_signals
       To prevent pgplot from doing a fandango on core,	we have	to block
       interrupts during PGPLOT	calls.	Specifically, INT needs	to get caught.
       These internal routines provide a mechanism for that.

       You simply bracket any PGPLOT calls with	&catch_signals above and
       &release_signals	below, and the signal_catcher will queue up any
       signals (like INT -- the	control-C interrupt) until the
       &release_signals	call.

       Any exit	path from your hot code	must include &release_signals, or
       interrupts could	be deferred indefinitely (which	would be a bug).  This
       includes	calls to &barf -- even barfs from someone you called!  So
       avoid calling out of the	local module if	possible, and use
       release_and_barf() instead of barf() from within	this module.

       Perl 5.6.1 interrupt handling has a bug that this code tickles --
       sometimes the re-emitted	signals	vanish into hyperspace.	 Perl 5.8
       seems NOT to have that problem.

   _open_new_window
       Open a new window. This sets the	window ID, which is the	one used when
       accessing a window later	using "pgslct".	It also	sets the window	name
       to something easily remembered if it has	not been set before.

   _setup_window
       This routine sets up a new window with its shape	and size. This is also
       where the size options are actually parsed. These are then forgotten
       (well, they are stored in $self->{Options}) and the corresponding
       aspect ratio and	window width is	stored.	 See the discussion under
       new() for the logic.

       Finally the subpanels are set up	using "pgsubp" and colours and
       linewidth are adjusted according	to whether we have a hardcopy device
       or not.

   _status
       This routine checks PGPLOT's status for the window. It returns OPEN if
       the window is open and CLOSED if	it is closed.  (Windows	can be closed
       but still exist).

   _reopen
       This functions reopens a	window.	Since this is an internal function it
       does not	have a lot of error-checking. Make sure	the device is closed
       before calling this routine.

       There is	an unfortunate problem which pops up viz. that the window name
       cannot be changed at this point since we	are offering that to the rest
       of the world. That might	be sensible, but it means that the window name
       will not	reflect	the id of the window - use "id()" for that (this is
       also why	we do not call "open_new_window" )

   _advance_panel
       This routine advances one plot panel, updating the CurrentPanel as
       well.  If the advance will proceed past the page	the page will be
       erased. Also note that when you advance one panel the hold value	will
       be changed.

   _check_move_or_erase
       This routine is a utility routine which checks if we need to move
       panel, and if so	will do	this. It also checks if	it is necessary	to
       advance panels, and whether they	need to	be erased.

   _thread_options
       This function is	a cludgy utility function that expands an options hash
       to an array of hashes looping over options. This	is mainly of use for
       "threaded" interfaces to	standard plotting routines.

   options
       Access the options used when originally opening the window. At the
       moment this is not updated when the window is changed later.

   id
       Access the window ID that PGPLOT	uses for the present window.

   device
       This function returns the device	type of	the present window.

   name
       Accessor	to set and examine the name of a window.

   focus
       Set focus for subsequent	PGPLOT commands	to this	window.

   info
       Get general information about the PGPLOT	environment.

	@ans = $self->info( @item );

       The valid values	of @item are as	below, where case is not important:

	 VERSION     - What PGPLOT version is in use.
	 STATE	     - The status of the output	device,	this is	returns	'OPEN'.
		       if the device is	open and 'CLOSED' otherwise.
	 USER	     - The username of the owner of the	spawning program.
	 NOW	     - The current date	and time in the	format
		       'dd-MMM-yyyy hh:mm'. Most people	are likely to use Perl
		       functions instead.
	 DEVICE	   * - The current PGPLOT device or file, see also device().
	 FILE	   * - The filename for	the current device.
	 TYPE	   * - And the device type for the current device.
	 DEV/TYPE  * - This combines DEVICE and	TYPE in	a form that can	be used
		       as input	to new.
	 HARDCOPY  * - This is flag which is set to 'YES' if the current device	is
		       a hardcopy device and 'NO' otherwise.
	 TERMINAL  * - This flag is set	to 'YES' if the	current	device is the
		       user's terminal and 'NO'	otherwise.
	 CURSOR	   * - A flag ('YES' or	'NO') to inform	whether	the current device
		       has a cursor.

       Those items marced with a "*" only return a valid answer	if the window
       is open.	 A question mark ("?") is returned if the item is not
       recognised or the information is	not available.

   _extract_hash
       This routine takes and array and	returns	the first hash reference found
       as well as those	elements that are not hashes. Note the latter point
       because all other references to hashes in the array will	be lost.

   _parse_unit
       Convert a unit string or	number into a PGPLOT-certified length unit
       specification, or return	undef if it won't go.

   _parse_options
       This is a convenience routine for parsing a set of options. It returns
       both the	full set of options and	those that the user has	set.

   _save_status
       Saves the PGPLOT	state so that changes to settings can be made and then
       the present state restored by "_restore_status".

   _restore_status
       Restore the PGPLOT state. See "_save_status".

   _checkarg
       This routine checks and optionally alters the arguments given to	it.

   _set_colour
       This is an internal routine that	encapsulates all the nastiness of
       setting colours depending on the	different PGPLOT colour	models
       (although HLS is	not supported).

       The routine works in the	following way:

       o       At initialisation of the	plot device the	work colour index is
	       set to 16. The work index is the	index the routine will modify
	       unless the user has specified something else.

       o       The routine should be used after	standard interpretation	and
	       synonym matching	has been used. So if the colour	is given as
	       input is	an integer that	colour index is	used.

       o       If the colour is	a reference the	routine	checks whether it is
	       an "ARRAY" or a "PDL" reference.	If it is not an	error message
	       is given.  If it	is a "PDL" reference it	will be	converted to
	       an array	ref.

       o       If the array has	four elements the first	element	is interpreted
	       as the colour index to modify and this overrules	the setting
	       for the work index used internally. Otherwise the work index is
	       used and	incremented until the maximum number of	colours	for
	       the output device is reached (as	indicated by "pgqcol").	Should
	       you wish	to change that you need	to read	the PGPLOT
	       documentation - it is somewhat device dependent.

       o       When the	array has been recognised the R,G and B	colours	of the
	       user-set	index or work index is set using the "pgscr" command
	       and we are finished.

       o       If the input colour instead is a	string we try to set the
	       colour using the	PGPLOT routine "pgscrn"	with no	other error-
	       checking. This should be	ok,  as	that routine returns a rather
	       sensible	error-message.

   _standard_options_parser
       This internal routine is	the default routine for	parsing	options. This
       routine deals with a subset of options that most	routines will accept.

   _image_xyrange
       Given a PGPLOT tr matrix	and an image size, calculate the data world
       coordinates over	which the image	ranges.	 This is used in imag and
       cont.  It keeps track of	the required half-pixel	offset to display
       images properly -- eg feeding in	no tr matrix at	all, nx=20, and	ny=20
       will will return	(-0.5,19.5,-0.5,19.5).	It also	checks the options
       hash for	XRange/YRange specifications and, if they are present, it
       overrides the appropriate output	with the exact ranges in those fields.

   _FITS_tr
       Given a FITS image, return the PGPLOT transformation matrix to convert
       pixel coordinates to scientific coordinates.   Used by fits_imag,
       fits_rgbi, and fits_cont, but may come in handy for other methods.

	 my $tr	= _FITS_tr( $win, $img );
	 my $tr	= _FITS_tr( $win, $img,	$opts );

       The return value	($tr in	the examples above) is the same	as returned by
       the transform() routine,	with values set	up to convert the pixel	to
       scientific coordinate values for	the two-dimensional image $img.	The
       $opts argument is optional and should be	a HASH reference; currently it
       only understands	one key	(any others are	ignored):

	 WCS =>	undef (default), "", or	"A" to "Z"

       Both the	key name and value are case insensitive. If left as "undef" or
       "" then the primary coordinate mapping from the header is used,
       otherwise use the additional WCS	mapping	given by the appropriate
       letter.	We make	no checks that the given mapping is available; the
       routine falls back to the unit mapping if the specified system is not
       available.

       The WCS option has only been tested on images from the Chandra X-ray
       satellite (<http://chandra.harvard.edu/>) created by the	CIAO software
       package (<http://cxc.harvard.edu/ciao/>), for which you should set "WCS
       => "P"" to use the "PHYSICAL" coordinate	system.

       See <http://fits.cv.nrao.edu/documents/wcs/wcs.html> for	further
       information on the Representation of World Coordinate Systems in	FITS.

INTERNAL
       The coding tries	to follow reasonable standards,	so that	all functions
       starting	with an	underscore should be considered	as internal and	should
       not be called from outside the package. In addition most	routines have
       a set of	options. These are encapsulated	and are	not accessible outside
       the routine. This is to avoid collisions	between	different variables.

AUTHOR
       Karl Glazebrook [kgb@aaoepp.aao.gov.au] modified	by Jarle Brinchmann
       (jarle@astro.ox.ac.uk) who is also responsible for the OO interface,
       docs mangled by Tuomas J. Lukka (lukka@fas.harvard.edu) and Christian
       Soeller (c.soeller@auckland.ac.nz). Further contributions and bugfixes
       from Kaj	Wiik, Doug Burke, Craig	DeForest, and many others.

       All rights reserved. There is no	warranty. You are allowed to
       redistribute this software / documentation under	certain	conditions.
       For details, see	the file COPYING in the	PDL distribution. If this file
       is separated from the PDL distribution, the copyright notice should be
       included	in the file.

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