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49.9 Business Graphics with ipl

One of the weaknesses of sc (49.8) is that it doesn't provide the graphics that people now expect from a spreadsheet. However, all is not lost. ipl produces business graphics using PostScript (or SunView) for output. It provides scatterplots, line plots, bar graphs, pie charts, schedule charts, and maps of the U.S. and Canada.

There are a variety of formatting commands (best learned by studying the examples supplied with the ipl distribution). The data is expected to be field-oriented, with white space as a separator. With a little massaging, you can get this out of sc (and of course, from many other UNIX programs).


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