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A.4.5.30 Area Form

The Area form () is available from the Area layer control, and outlines or fills areas that are defined in a table row.

Example Area plot

Example Area plot

Area form configuration panel

Area form configuration panel

Configuration options are:

Shading Mode
See Appendix A.4.6.
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 shapes that may be re-entrant.
Minimal Size
Defines a threshold size in pixels below which, instead of the shape defined by the Area coordinate, a replacement marker will be painted instead. If this is set to zero, then only the shape itself will be plotted, which may mean it appears as only a single pixel. By setting a larger value, you can ensure that the position of even small areas is easily visible, at the expense of giving them an artificial shape and size. This value also defines the size of the replacement markers.
Minimal Shape
Selects the shape of replacement markers that get plotted instead of very small areas, as controlled by the Minimal Size setting.


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