How can I change color legend by plotting with errorbar(herrorbar) ?

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I wrote this code in order to have 2 lines with 2 different color with errorbar (more particulary herrobar in order to have horizontally error bars, it's a function available in mathworks).
title('Radiosondage moyenné au trajet à latitude 0°N (du 28/05/06 au 01/06/06)');
xlabel('Température (°C)');
ylabel('Altitude (m)');
Here is the plot :
In the legend, I would like the line near "12h" red. Moreover, I don't understand why no wanted little vertical bars are plotted in both lines. Thank you for your help.

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Nalini Vishnoi
Nalini Vishnoi on 20 May 2015
Edited: Nalini Vishnoi on 21 May 2015
The plot you are getting is expected, however, I understand that it is not desired. I looked inside the code for 'herrorbar' and it seems like they are using 'hold on' in order to plot the horizontal error bars. This means that 'blue' lines are plotted twice in the figure for the first call (once for the actual line and second time for the error bars on that line) and after that two 'red' lines are plotted for the next call to 'herrorbar'. If you add more legend entries to the figure, you will see that the next two entries are 'red'. Since the function returns the handle to both the line and the error bars, it can be used to get the desired output by setting the 'IconDisplayStyle' of the 'Annotation' property of the items you do not want to appear in the legend. You can find more information here. Here is a small example on how to do it.
x = 0:pi/10:pi;
y = sin(x);
e = std(y)*ones(size(x));
h1 = herrorbar(x,y,e);
hold on;
h2 = herrorbar(x+2,y+2,e,'r');
set(get(get(h1(2),'Annotation'),'LegendInformation'),... % Getting rid of 2nd blue line
set(get(get(h2(2),'Annotation'),'LegendInformation'),... % Getting rid of 2nd red line
Also, for your second question about why the little vertical bars are not plotted in the legend: the error bars are combinations of simple lines, legend only plots the lines and not the complex/combined result (which you see as error bars).
Please note that this is valid for MATLAB releases prior to R2014b. From R2014b onwards, the behavior of 'hold on' has changed slightly and the above workaround will not be valid.
I hope the above information is helpful.

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Q3me on 21 May 2015
Edited: Q3me on 21 May 2015
Thank you very much for your response. However, I finally found myself the solution and this is exactly that ! For my first question, I rather did that :
hold on
It also works very well. As regards my second question, It was actually simple... These little vertical bars were here for e=0 ^_^.
Thank you again ;-)


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