I've implemented initial support for "dropped spines". This is motivated
by the ability to draw figures that look like
http://jeb.biologists.org/cgi/content/full/211/3/341/FIG7 . I'm
attaching the patches and an image created by the new example.
This is a somewhat invasive change into the core of the axis rendering
code, so I'm hereby requesting a review before committing it into the
code base. In particular, I dropped the idea of using Traits in MPL not
because I think it's a bad idea, but because that would involve more
Anyhow, I'm attaching the proposed implementation as a series of
patches. If the general form of this looks OK, I'd write up doc strings
and a CHANGELOG entry and commit it. Should I wait until after the trunk
Please let me know what you think. All the examples run with
exaples/tests/backend_driver.py still seem to give OK results, and the
test suite raises a few more failures, but these appear due to
(sub)pixel shifts in text rendering rather than anything more severe.
0003-add-example-of-dropped-spines.patch (2.74 KB)