Cool, I've rewritten my code with the suggested
> simplification and style concerns you put forward.
> tarball, but I guess using CVS is safer. Now, being a
> newbie to open source *developing* and CVS, how do I
> access and use mpl's CVS repository? Do you prefer my
> patches to be sent to this list or should I commit my
> changes to cvs?
See http://sourceforge.net/cvs/?group_id=80706. You should upload
your patches to the sourceforge patch system
and send a notice to this list describing what is in them. After
you've gone through this a number of times and have a clear
understanding of matplotlib internals etc I can add you to the
developers list if that is preferable.
> So, I thought just retrieve the dimensions of the current
> subplot somehow, but to no avail. Is there a way to
> retrieve the dimensions and/or position of the subplot,
> not the axes it contains? Something like lbwh=(0,0,0.5,1)
> for row 1, col 1 and lbwh=(0.5,0,0.5,1) for row 1, col 2
> in the above example? That way I'd be able to calculate
> how much space axes + outside legend is supposed to occupy
> (my spaceNeeded variable).
> Also, I see that this will only work when subplots are
> used, as soon as custom axes positioning/sizing is used
> such as that in examples/figlegend_demo.py, there seems to
> be no way to calculate this required space. Any way to
> check for this? Or should we leave it up to the user to
> turn resizing off if it doesn't give the desired results?
From any Axes instance, you can get the position info with
l,b,w,h = ax.get_position()
Take a look at fig.colorbar to see how it does it -- it looks like the