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coord_sf() doesn't adjust line size for graticule lines #2991

clauswilke opened this issue Nov 9, 2018 · 4 comments

coord_sf() doesn't adjust line size for graticule lines #2991

clauswilke opened this issue Nov 9, 2018 · 4 comments


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@clauswilke clauswilke commented Nov 9, 2018

Line sizes in themes are generally provide in units of mm and converted to grid units by multiplication by .pt. However, coord_sf() doesn't do that, it uses the value of size directly. Reprex:


df <- data.frame(x = c(1, 2, 3), y = c(1, 2, 3))
p <- ggplot(df, aes(x, y)) + geom_point()

  p + coord_fixed() + theme(panel.grid.minor = element_blank()) +
  p + coord_sf() +
    ggtitle("coord_sf() default"),
  p + coord_sf() + theme(panel.grid = element_line(size = 0.5*.pt)) +
    ggtitle("coord_sf() theme adjusted"),
  nrow = 2

Created on 2018-11-09 by the reprex package (v0.2.1)

The offending lines are here:


Lines 576 to 582 in 6786969

render_bg = function(self, panel_params, theme) {
el <- calc_element("panel.grid.major", theme)
line_gp <- gpar(col = el$colour, lwd = el$size, lty = el$linetype)
grobs <- c(
list(element_render(theme, "panel.background")),
lapply(sf::st_geometry(panel_params$graticule), sf::st_as_grob, gp = line_gp)

The fix is simple, but it would affect the visual appearance of a lot of plots out in the wild.

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@thomasp85 thomasp85 commented Jan 15, 2019

I think this makes sense to change irrespectively of the changes in the wild it may affect... but better wait until the next big(ish) release

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@yutannihilation yutannihilation commented Jan 15, 2019


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@clauswilke clauswilke commented Jan 29, 2019

There's a somewhat related issue that could be fixed at the same time: #2525

clauswilke added a commit that referenced this issue Feb 12, 2019
* Make coord_sf() panel grid mimic coord_cartesian() panel grid. Closes #2991. Closes #2525.

* don't drop gray background

* add unit test

* don't error if line size is undefined
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