[e-lang] Vat figure

David Hopwood david.nospam.hopwood at blueyonder.co.uk
Sat Jun 18 12:48:57 EDT 2005

Ka-Ping Yee wrote:
> On Sat, 18 Jun 2005, Mark Miller wrote:
>>I agree that we need a figure that shows the single-vat situation before
>>showing the multi-vat one. However, I don't think it's worth the paper
>>real-estate (much more precious than web-page real estate) to split the first
>>into 1a and 1b. In your figure, when I turn on only "Queue Outline", "Queue
>>Label", "Stack Labels", "Objects", "Queue Frames", and "Frames", the result
>>looks like a good combined illustration.
> Using only these layers makes the boundaries between the three parts
> of the vat difficult or impossible to distinguish and largely cancels
> the usefulness of the figure.  If there are no fills, it is essential
> to compare 1a and 1b so you can tell which parts of the box the labels
> refer to.  If you combine both parts into one figure, the fills are
> essential for the same reason.  The clearest thing to do is to include
> the fills and both figures.  Failing that, a single figure with fills
> is better than two figures with no fills.

I think B&W with simple lines between the regions would be better than fills
(see attached .svg and .png). Colour doesn't add anything useful here.

>>To ease the transition from the small figure to the big one,
>>you may want to try illustrating the single-vat version of the same example
>>within the small figure.
> I'd rather not.  The whole point of the doing the small figure is to
> stay simple.


David Hopwood <david.nospam.hopwood at blueyonder.co.uk>
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