How can I modify the usual curve style DotDashed such that the length of the dashed portion is increased or is controllable? For example in

Plot[Sin[x],{x,0,6.25},PlotStyle-> DotDashed]


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Dotted, Dashed, and DotDashed all evaluate as they are shorthand for a full Dashing specification. For example,

In[5]:= DotDashed
(*Out[5]= Dashing[{0, Small, Small, Small}]*)

where each element in the List represents a segment. They come in pairs: line length followed by space length. So, for DotDashed there is a 0 length line (the dot) followed by a Small space, and a Small line followed by a Small space. If you want to manipulate the dash length, just change its element in the List:

 Plot[Sin[x], {x, 0, 2 Pi}, PlotStyle -> Dashing[{0, Small, d, Small}]],
 {d, {Tiny, Small, Medium, Large}}

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Other explorations can be found here.

  • $\begingroup$ Any other way to do it without using Table? $\endgroup$
    – H. Kenan
    May 15, 2018 at 18:43
  • $\begingroup$ @user149973 Table is there only to show you what's available in terms of the variation. $\endgroup$
    – rcollyer
    May 15, 2018 at 18:52

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