One last remark on this: Since so many journals demand
> this, would it be worth a feature request? (I don't
> have the time nor the skills to work on this.) One may
> think of this as one wishes (don't like these
> publishing companies and their demands, either), but
> matplotlib wants to enable its users to produce figures
> ready for publication, right?
Certainly -- just add a feature request to the sf site and post the
same to the users or devel list. Can't promise that we have the time
either (though we may have the skills) but maybe someone will take it
up. Darren Dale has done the most work of late on the PS backend and
he is currently on vacation -- maybe when he returns he'll take it up.