Defines the red, green and blue intensities to be used for the GenStat colours for certain graphics devices.
The COLOUR directive allows you to redefine the standard GenStat colours. In Releases prior to Release 11 these standard colours were used in directives like PEN to define the colours of the various components of the graph. In Release 11, however, colours in these directives are defined by default by setting them explicitly to an RGB value (see PEN). However, you can arrange to use the old method by specifying the statement
GenStat uses the RGB colour system to define each standard colour (numbered from 0 to 256) in terms of its red, green and blue components. These are specified as integer values in the range [0,255]. Thus black is represented by (0,0,0), white by (255,255,255), red by (255,0,0), and so on. For compatibility with earlier releases, fractional values between 0 and 1 will be multiplied by 255. The COLOUR directive can be used in three ways. Firstly you can define a colour in RGB terms. For example, you could put
COLOUR 1; RED=255; BLUE=0; GREEN=255
to define colour 1 as yellow. Points plotted in colour 1 would then appear as yellow. Alternatively, the MATCH parameter allows a colour to take its RGB values from the current settings of another colour. For example,
COLOUR 2; MATCH=1
will set colour 2 also to be yellow. Note that if colour 1 is changed again, colour 2 will not be altered. Finally a colour can be returned to its initial default settings by specifying only the colour number. For example,
will set colours 1 and 2 back to their original values. The background colour may be altered by changing the definition of colour 0.
The exact effects of the COLOUR directive will vary for different graphics devices. For monochrome devices, the colour (0,0,0) is taken as the background colour, and any other combination is taken as the foreground colour.
By default any parameters that are not mentioned explicitly in the statement are left unchanged, but you can specify option RESET=yes to reset them back to their initial default settings.
Parameters: NUMBER, RED, GREEN, BLUE, MATCH, SAVE.