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The Graphics Output Environment


The result of most SAS/GRAPH procedures is the graphic display of data in the form of graphics output. Graphics output consists of commands that tell a graphics device how to draw graphic elements. A graphics element is a visual element of graphics output--for example, a plot line, a bar, a footnote, the outline of a map area, or a border.

To generate graphics output, your program uses a device driver that directs the graphics output to a display device (a monitor or terminal), a hard-copy device, or a file. Even though all graphics devices do not understand the same commands, SAS/GRAPH can produce graphics output on many types of graphics devices.

Your program controls this process as well as the environment in which the graphics appear. This section describes this graphics environment and how you can modify it and make your programs work for different output devices.

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