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I'm trying to create a two column Beamer slide, with the first column displaying a short minted code listing, and the second column displaying a TikZ diagram.

Unfortunately the minted code listing is getting pushed to the bottom of the slide, despite the use of [t] placement specifiers both the \begin{columns} and \columns directives. Ideally I'd like the code aligned to the top of the diagram.

LaTeX code is as follows:






int a = 5;
int * ptr = &a; 
\tikzstyle{r}=[rectangle, outer sep=0pt, inner sep=0pt, minimum width=2.5cm, minimum height=0.5cm, draw=black!100, fill=blue!20]
\tikzstyle{textr}=[rectangle, outer sep=0pt, inner sep=0pt, minimum width=2.5cm, minimum height=0.5cm, draw=black!100]
\matrix[draw=black!100, row sep=1pt, column sep=1pt]
\node[textr] {Address}; \pgfmatrixnextcell \node[textr] {Data Value}; \pgfmatrixnextcell \node[textr] {Notes}; \\
\node[r, name=addr1] {0xFFFFFFA0}; \pgfmatrixnextcell \node[r, name=data1] {5}; \pgfmatrixnextcell \node {int a=5}; \\
\node[r, name=addr2] { }; \pgfmatrixnextcell \node[r, name=data2] { }; \pgfmatrixnextcell \node {}; \\
\node[r, name=addr3] { }; \pgfmatrixnextcell \node[r, name=data3] { }; \pgfmatrixnextcell \node {}; \\
\node[r, name=addr4] { }; \pgfmatrixnextcell \node[r, name=data4] { }; \pgfmatrixnextcell \node {}; \\
\node[r, name=addr5] {0xFFFFFFB0}; \pgfmatrixnextcell \node[r, name=data5] {0xFFFFFFA0}; \pgfmatrixnextcell \node {int * ptr=a;}; \\
\node[r, name=addr6] { }; \pgfmatrixnextcell \node[r, name=data6] { }; \pgfmatrixnextcell \node {}; \\
\node[r, name=addr7] { }; \pgfmatrixnextcell \node[r, name=data7] { }; \pgfmatrixnextcell \node {}; \\
\node[r, name=addr8] { }; \pgfmatrixnextcell \node[r, name=data8] { }; \pgfmatrixnextcell \node {}; \\
\node[r, name=addr9] { }; \pgfmatrixnextcell \node[r, name=data9] { }; \pgfmatrixnextcell \node {}; \\
\draw[line width=2pt, ->] (data5.north) .. controls (data3.north) and (addr3.south) .. (addr1.south);

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up vote 5 down vote accepted

You have to set the baseline of your picture to the top of the picture:

\begin{tikzpicture}[baseline=(current bounding box.north)]

Normally a baseline of a tikz picture is set to the bottom, and it seems that minted sets its baseline to the top, resulting in the problem you experienced.

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Thanks for the help! I can't upvote yet, so a text thanks will have to do :) – Simon Feb 23 '12 at 13:49

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