Last modified: December 2013

AHELP for CIAO 4.11 ChIPS v1


Context: points


Modifies the attributes of an existing point.


set_point(id, attributes)


The function arguments.

Argument Description
id A ChipsId structure identifying the item, or a string containing the name of the object.
attributes Configure object properties by giving an attribute string (a space-separated list of key=value pairs), list, dictionary, or a ChIPS object.

The set_point command sets the specified attributes to the provided values. The modified point becomes current. Multiple points may be modified with a single command by setting the currency to "all".

Customizing the Point

There are several attributes that control the characteristics of points. The set_point command may be used to modify the attribute values of an existing point at any time during a ChIPS session. See "ahelp attributes" and "ahelp setget" for more general information.

If multiple attributes are being set simultaneously and one of them fails, the entire command will fail and the point will not be modified.

Please see the section "Point Preferences and Attributes" below the examples for a list of the point attributes.

Advanced Functions

The module of advanced ChIPS functions contains other commands for setting attribute values (refer to "ahelp chips" for information on loading the module):



Example 1

chips> set_point(["color", "coral", "style", "downtriangle"])

Using attribute/value pairs, set the point color to coral and symbol style to downtriangles.

Example 2

chips> set_point({"color": "coral", "style": "downtriangle"})

This is a repeat of the previous example, using a dictionary rather than a list to define the attributes to change.

Example 3

chips> pnt = ChipsPoint()
chips> pnt.color = "blue"
chips> pnt.size = 16
chips> set_point("pnt1", pnt)

Populate the "pnt" structure with attribute values, then use it to set pnt1 to be blue with a size of 16.

Point Preferences and Attributes

The attributes associated with points are given in the following table, where the "Set?" column refers to whether the attribute can be changed using the set_point() command. To change the point preference settings prepend "point." to the attribute name.

Attribute Description Options Default Set?
angle Angle, in degrees, at which the point is drawn -360.0 to 360.0 0.0 Yes
color color of the point name or hex; see the Color section of "ahelp chipsopt" default Yes
coordsys coordinate system for the point PIXEL, WINDOW_NORM, FRAME_NORM, PLOT_NORM, DATA see "ahelp coordsys" Yes
depth Integer value indicating point depth see the Depth section of "ahelp chipsopt" default Yes
fill fill the point? see the Booleans section of "ahelp chipsopt" true Yes
size size of the point 1 to 100 12 Yes
stem stem used for point id An alpha-numeric character sequence that does not contain a space pnt No
style symbol style see the Symbol Styles section of "ahelp chipsopt" cross Yes


See the bugs pages on the ChIPS website for an up-to-date listing of known bugs.

See Also

add_point, current_point, delete_point, display_point, get_point, hide_point, move_point, shuffle_point