Create a CmpFrame


This function creates a new CmpFrame and optionally initialises its attributes.

A CmpFrame is a compound Frame which allows two component Frames (of any class) to be merged together to form a more complex Frame. The axes of the two component Frames then appear together in the resulting CmpFrame (those of the first Frame, followed by those of the second Frame).

Since a CmpFrame is itself a Frame, it can be used as a component in forming further CmpFrames. Frames of arbitrary complexity may be built from simple individual Frames in this way.

Also since a Frame is a Mapping, a CmpFrame can also be used as a Mapping. Normally, a CmpFrame is simply equivalent to a UnitMap, but if either of the component Frames within a CmpFrame is a Region (a sub-class of Frame), then the CmpFrame will use the Region as a Mapping when transforming values for axes described by the Region. Thus input axis values corresponding to positions which are outside the Region will result in bad output axis values.


AstCmpFrame astCmpFrame( AstFrame frame1, AstFrame frame2, const char options, ... )


Pointer to the first component Frame.
Pointer to the second component Frame.
Pointer to a null-terminated string containing an optional comma-separated list of attribute assignments to be used for initialising the new CmpFrame. The syntax used is identical to that for the astSet function and may include " printf" format specifiers identified by " %" symbols in the normal way.
If the " options" string contains " %" format specifiers, then an optional list of additional arguments may follow it in order to supply values to be substituted for these specifiers. The rules for supplying these are identical to those for the astSet function (and for the C " printf" function).

Returned Value

A pointer to the new CmpFrame.


Status Handling

The protected interface to this function includes an extra parameter at the end of the parameter list descirbed above. This parameter is a pointer to the integer inherited status variable: " int status" .