First of all, I would like to say thank you to the matplotlib
developers for implementing a nice hack that enables a free python
environment to rival the functionality and power of matlab.
My question is whether it is possible to use the TeX backend to render
fonts under the windows versions of matplotlib? I am interested
in mixing standard text with math text as labels on plots. The
standard matplotlib font backend can almost do this, but it is not
robust, is hard to work with, and the results don’t look very
professional. On the contrary, the TeX backend is clean and
conformant (but it only appears to work on UNIX systems with TeX
installed). For example, this code
pylab.xlabel(r’normal text ($\alpha$)’)
will not work on the windows version of matplotlib, but produces
beatiful labels on the linux version. FYI, the above “rc” command
is what requests the TeX backend rather than the default.
Thanks for your thoughts, ideas, and candor.