Dashed lines won't appear.

Asked by William H. McCoy IV on 2019-02-10

I'm working on a figure for a grant and suddenly I can't make dashed lines. I can select them from the stroke tool, but they don't appear. If I open a new file, then they work fine. Also, if I export my svg as an eps and then reopen it, then I can make them. Did I accidentally click some setting that hides dashed lines? Any help would be appreciated.

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Hachmann (marenhachmann) said : #1

Without the file, it's hard to tell why. It probably has to do with either clipping, filters or transparency.

Share a link to an affected file if you want someone to have a look.

William H. McCoy IV (mccoyw) said : #2

No problem. Here's a link to a simplified version of the file that still has the problem. Interestingly enough, Google Drive shows the squares as dashed, but when I download the file and open it in Inkscape their solid again. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bK1Nwt4eQ3cbeTCmLjraarP-sgRjjRKM/view?usp=sharing

Hachmann (marenhachmann) said : #3

There's something very weird with the units in that file - I think that while the actual display is a problem with Inkscape (something about numbers being so small that the dashes aren't displayed as a dash, but as a line), there's also a very unusual use of units in the file.

You can fix it by:

- (optional) updating to Inkscape 0.92.4
- then: open file
- (optional) clean up file (File > Clean up document)
- open File > Document properties
- set 'Display units' to mm
- set 'Scale' to 1
- resize your drawing to whichever size it is supposed to be (you should probably note that size down)

If you would like someone with more knowledge about minimum gaps being rendered to have a look at the file to determine if this is a real bug, please open a new issue at https://gitlab.com/inkscape/inbox/issues/

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