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How can you prevent axis labels from having uneven spacing from the axis

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I have some simple test code to plot an array and label the Y-axis:
x = randi(10,40); % random matrix
ax1 = axes;
imagesc(x) % plot matrix as image
labels = {'Some - M','Thing - M', 'A - M', 'ABC - M'}; % some random test labels for Y-axis
set(ax1,'YTickLabel',labels,'YTick',1:2:40,'FontSize',8); % setting up Y-axis ticks and labels
I then save the image using [file>export setup>fonts] and I untick custom size and tick custom name and select Helvetica as the font; I then save it as a vector graphic file (.svg).
The problem: The Y-axis labels having uneven gaps from the Y-axis, as you can see in the image below, they don't line up with the red line.
I think it is something to do with using a non-monospaced font, as when I use a monospaced font such as Courier, the axis labels line up perfectly:
Is there a way to get the labels to line up perfectly when using a non-monospaced font such as Helvetica?
If not, are there any monospaced fonts in MATLAB that look similar to Helvetica?

Answers (1)

Mario Malic
Mario Malic on 1 Oct 2023
Sometimes you have to let things be imperfect. Also, put down that magnifier in the drawer.
Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 1 Oct 2023
Honestly, it's barely noticeable to me, and probably your other viewers, especially when it's shown with a normal size on a normal monitor. Personally I wouldn't worry about it.
Geith on 1 Oct 2023
I know it seems petty but on my actual code it is definitely more noticable, I just gave this simple code as an easy example to demonstrate the problem without 100 lines of code.
Here is a small section of how it looks on my actual work - it's not terrible but defintely more noticable:
Anyways, I guess I will have to ignore it since there doesn't seem to be a solution anyways, apart from using a monospaced font. I was just asking to see if there was perhaps another solution.

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