distribute_args: Element list constructors

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distribute_argsR Documentation

Element list constructors


These functions take a vector of arguments and pass on the ith item of the vector to an ith call of a function. The elem_list_text and elem_list_rect are convenience functions for constructing lists of element_text() and element_rect() theme elements.


distribute_args(..., .fun = element_text, .cull = TRUE)





Vectorised arguments to pass on to functions.


A function to distribute arguments to.


A logical(1) determining if unknown arguments are being culled.


NAs and NULLs will be silently dropped. If you want to pass on a transparent fill or colour argument, you should use the more verbose character "transparent" instead. However, you can use a NA to indicate that it's argument should not be passed to a function in that position.


A list of outputs from fun.


Whereas the distribute_args function might seem amenable for off-label uses elsewhere (besides constructing lists of theme elements), it is not intended as such. For example, because valid arguments will be deduced from the formals of a function, using certain functions can be troublesome. For example, the distribute_args function does not properly recognise the utility of a ... argument in a function that it is supposed to distribute arguments to. This can be a problem for object-oriented functions: if the methods contain more arguments than the generic itself, these extra arguments will be silently dropped.

See Also

The element_text() and element_rect() theme elements for a description of their arguments.


# Providing arguments for `element_rect()`
  # The first element_rect will have linetype 1, the second gets 3
  linetype = c(1, 3),
  # If an argument doesn't exist, it will be silently dropped
  nonsense_argument = c("I", "will", "be", "filtered", "out")

# Providing arguments for `element_text()`
  # `NA`s will be skipped
  family = c("mono", NA, "sans"),
  # Providing a list of more complex arguments. `NULL` will be skipped too.
  margin = list(NULL, margin(t = 5))

# Providing arguments to other functions
  lineend = c("round", "butt", "square"),
  # If you want to pass a vector instead of a scalar, you can use a list
  colour = list(c("blue", "red"), "green"),
  .fun = element_line

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