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bordertext( varargin )



23 Apr 2013 (Updated )

Place text on borders of the figure, border of the subplots, on the inner-side or outer-side.

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Place text on borders of the figure, border of the subplots, on the inner-side or outer-side. Also control the most important text-properties with one simple FormatString.
Text stays on the borders, even while zooming, panning, etc.
Try 'bordertext' without arguments to see the demo (figure is added as screenshot)

Required Products MATLAB
MATLAB release MATLAB 8.4 (R2014b)
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Other requirements Tested on Win7 32&64 bit
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26 Jun 2016 arnold

arnold (view profile)

Hi Jan,
I've discovered a strange behavior. If I export the figure the bordertext (innertopleft i.e.) is wrongly positioned (goes over the edge of the plot). If I move the mouse over the figure, the bordertext is repositioned correctly.
I tried to refresh the figure before exporting but it doesn't help, only mouseover seems to correctly position the bordertext.
Any idea how to fix this?

kind regards

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19 May 2015 arnold

arnold (view profile)

Hi Jan,

can you please comment on my request from one year ago? In your examples you have a 'margin' option, yet it doesn't seem to do anything, at least not in the way I would expect it to.
I'm still looking for a way to add a distance between the axis box and the bordertext. At the moment, there is no gap and the text is in direct contact with the box.

kind regards, arnold.

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25 Aug 2014 zilong

zilong (view profile)

Thanks for your good work.

20 Feb 2014 arnold

arnold (view profile)

Hey Jan,
any Chance you can add that padding function? I've looked around the code, it's very well written, but I can't seem to find a way to implement it.

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06 Feb 2014 Jeremy

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18 Nov 2013 RC

RC (view profile)

This is super; thanks Jan for bringing to us

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18 Nov 2013 Henry Wolkowicz

16 Sep 2013 arnold

arnold (view profile)

here is what I mean by 'padding'. This is what it looks like right now:

This is what I mean by 'padding':

I think this would really help with readability. If one could set a margin of several pixels so the text wasn't touching the axis.


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16 Sep 2013 arnold

arnold (view profile)

thanks Jan. Having the standard matlab syntax available is awesome.

Have you thought about a 'padding'?
The Text Property 'margin' doesn't work since it expands around the text, so maybe you can correct the position by the margin size.


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12 Sep 2013 Jan de Wilde

Thank you Arnold for your comment (and rating). I've solved the background overlap and I added the matlab syntax.
Your other suggestion to add transparency to the text background is impossible, because the text object has no BackgroundAlpha property.

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05 Sep 2013 arnold

arnold (view profile)

Another idea:
If you added a "padding" to your positions, this could solve the problem of the background/text overlapping with the axis borderlines. I think it would also look nicer in some cases

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05 Sep 2013 arnold

arnold (view profile)

great tool!!!
It would be even better if you could add transparency/alpha to the background-color and bordercolor so one can still see data behind the box.

It would also be a little more intuitive if it used the standard syntax for all the coloring and stuff, i.e.
'BackgroundColor', 'red'

... I guess it'll be hard to memorize the syntax otherwise.

Something else:
When placing Text with a background at 'innertopright' for example, it extends over the axis box line. Would be great if that didn't happen for all Positions.

23 Apr 2013 chang hsiung

thanks, this will be quite handy.

11 Sep 2013 1.2

Background of the text doesn't overlap the axis anymore.
Added the matlab syntax, as suggested bij arnold

28 May 2014 1.3

Some speed optimizations.
Option added: zoom text when using as Position an [X Y]-position: 'ZoomText','on'

12 Feb 2015 1.4

Bugfix for R2014b; HandleGraphics2 (zooming,panning etc was not working anymore)

23 Oct 2016 1.5

Update for HG2

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