Hi, As far I understand this a plot is per default
> covering the more or less whole space. Now, is it
> possible to position a legend outside of a plot,
> e.g. on the right of the plot. "legend" offers to
> supply the loc-argument with a tuple to do that, but
> that doesn't create more space and hence most legends
> will appear truncated. The only solution I came up with
> is to limit the plotting area (using "axes") and to
> position the legend manually. Is there an alternative?
You have to do the layout yourself -- you can also use the
"subplots_adjust" to set the bottom, top, left, right, etc of the axes
which may be easier than using "axes" itself.
We could add some auto-layout capability as we do for the colorbar...