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Is it possible to create x tick labels with a fixed width

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Ean Hendrickson
Ean Hendrickson on 15 Jan 2020
Commented: Walter Roberson on 16 Jan 2020
Is it possible to create xticklabels that wraps the text when it gets to long to a new line. I have a program that creates a bar graphs based on existing data. The number of bars on the graph changes anywhere from 1 to 10. On the xticklabels I want to have a description of each bar that goes to a new line as to not interfere with any other text. I am aware of https://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/answers/218675-is-it-possible-to-create-textbox-with-fixed-width-on-a-plot this method, but that just creates an annotation not an xticklabel. Is it possible to use 'FitBoxToText' when using xtixklabels. an example set of data I would have would be a 4x3 matrix that contains the quantity, a part number and a description.
An example of the data 2ould look like
Then the output graph would look like

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dpb
dpb on 15 Jan 2020
Edited: dpb on 15 Jan 2020
AFAIK, no, that's an amenity TMW hasn't yet provided with the ticklabel property. It's a very simple text string with formatting limited to what can do w/ TeX subset and fonts, etc. It's not a text box control or anything even approaching such.
It undoubtedly can be made to work but you'll have to do the line breaks yourself.
I think using the annotation "trick" with positions centered on the tick values will be your simplest route by far.
You could check File Exchange and see if somebody has already done the heavy lifting for you; if not your function would be a useful submittal.

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dpb
dpb on 15 Jan 2020
You'll probably either have to "roll your own" or perhaps modify the FEX submisssion.
I would guess you'll need to retrieve the xtick positions to determine the width you want a priori given the variable number of bars will be the primary trick to make it work as desired. Then, you'll have to convert units to points and font size, etc., etc., ...
Ean Hendrickson
Ean Hendrickson on 16 Jan 2020
I was thinking that would have to be done and is doable. But how would you stick the text ticklabels to the graph, so when the graph would move the labels move with it

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