#### 6.84 axis labels (18.2.99)

The following produces a plot with the axes labeled correctly:

> with(plots):
> spacecurve([t*cos(t), 0, t], t=0..4*Pi, axes=boxed, labels=["x","y","z"]);

However, changing the axes to normal produces a plot with the labels reversed on the x- and
y-axes:

> spacecurve([t*cos(t), 0, t], t=0..4*Pi, axes=normal, labels=["x","y","z"]);

Am I missing something?

Having taken a look (using R5), I think it is just bad positioning that makes the labels
appear to be reversed. By dragging the plot around I can make the labels jump all over the
place. I think you have just hit on an example where the automatic positioning algorithm
does not work too well.

Yes, to some extent. The "y" really is labelling the y axis and the "x" the x axis, although the
"y" may appear to be closer to the x axis. The placement of axis labels is rather tricky, and
unfortunately Maple still hasn’t got it right. In particular, in "normal" axes with the bounds
symmetrical about 0 or nearly so it’s a bad idea to have the label in the middle of the
axis.