# Re: [ferret_users] format of numeric labels: 2.0 x 10^5 and xfor/yfor ?

 Hi Ryo, It seems that (E8.0) is not a valid Fortran format description.  The definition of an E format is that it is always a 0, followed by a decimal point, and then at least one digit.  So E8.1 works  correctly, but E8.0 does not.  Ferret passes the format on to the Fortran WRITE statement and unfortunately here Fortran doesn't give us an error message.  Here's a reference http://www.oc.nps.navy.mil/~bird/oc3030_online/fortran/io/io.html When using the E descriptor, the number will be NORMALIZED. This means the number is shifted over so that the first digit is in the tenths position. A leading zero and decimal are always present and a minus sign, if needed. The exponent always requires 4 spaces; E, the sign and 2 digits. Here is a more-complete reference on Fortran formatting.  http://www.fortran.com/fortran/F77_std/rjcnf0001-sh-13.html#sh-13.5.9.2.2 Look for the parts on a scale factor, kP.  If what we want is some digits before the decimal point, then start the format specification with 1P for 1 digit before the decimal. So, yes? define axis/x=1:1000000:1/units=meters xmeters yes? let xx = x[gx=xmeters] yes? let sx  = sin(xx/10000) yes? plot/set sx yes? ppl xfor (E8.1) ! X axis labels are 0.1x10^6, 0.3x10^6,  etc yes? ppl plot yes? plot/set sx yes? ppl xfor (1PE8.0) ! X axis labels are 1.x10^5, 3.x10^6,  etc yes? ppl plot Ryo Furue wrote: ```Hi Ferreters, I'm wondering if I can learn how the formatting machinery underlying xfor/yfor works. For example, outputs like "2.0 x 10^5" isn't covered in the documentation of xfor: http://ferret.pmel.noaa.gov/Ferret/documentation/users-guide/appendix-b-pplus-guide/COMMAND-DESCRIPTION#_VPID_747 For example, suppose that Ferret prints "2.0 x 10^5" by default in the vertical axis of a plot by the PLOT command. When you specify "ppl yfor,(E8.0)" , you obtain "0.2 x 10^1" instead of "2.0 x 10^5" . . . (The value 0.2 x 10^1 is even wrong!) When you use "(1PE8.0)" , you obtain a correct "2. x 10^5". The F format descriptor seems to be working as in the Fortran language, but the E and G descriptors seem to show this strange behavior. The version of Ferret I use is NOAA/PMEL TMAP FERRET v6.07 Linux(g77) 2.4.21-32 - 08/29/07 28-Jan-08 15:35 Regards, Ryo ```

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