# Adding a label to a bent arrow in TikZ

In this question Is there a TikZ equivalent to the PSTricks \ncbar command? Jake provided a very nice TikZ version of the PSTricks \ncbar command.

With normal node connections in TikZ, I can use the [auto] parameter to automatically place nodes along paths. I'd like to be able to do this using the \ncbar path, but I'm not sure how.

So in the code below, I'd like to add a C node along the bent arrow similar to the C node added to the straight arrow.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usetikzlibrary{calc}

\tikzset{
ncbar angle/.initial=90,
ncbar/.style={
to path=(\tikztostart)
-- ($(\tikztostart)!#1!\pgfkeysvalueof{/tikz/ncbar angle}:(\tikztotarget)$)
-- ($(\tikztotarget)!($(\tikztostart)!#1!\pgfkeysvalueof{/tikz/ncbar angle}:(\tikztotarget)$)!\pgfkeysvalueof{/tikz/ncbar angle}:(\tikztostart)$)
-- (\tikztotarget)
},
ncbar/.default=0.5cm,
}
\begin{document}

\begin{tikzpicture}[auto]
\node (A) at (1,4) {A};
\node (B) at (3,4) {B};
\draw[->] (A) to  node {C} (B);
\draw[->] (A) to [ncbar=-1.5em] node {C} (B); % can I get this to work?
\end{tikzpicture}

\end{document}


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You can add \tikztonodes to the path construction in the main link.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usetikzlibrary{calc}

\tikzset{
ncbar angle/.initial=90,
ncbar/.style={
to path=(\tikztostart)
-- ($(\tikztostart)!#1!\pgfkeysvalueof{/tikz/ncbar angle}:(\tikztotarget)$)
-- ($(\tikztotarget)!($(\tikztostart)!#1!\pgfkeysvalueof{/tikz/ncbar angle}:(\tikztotarget)$)!\pgfkeysvalueof{/tikz/ncbar angle}:(\tikztostart)$)
\tikztonodes
-- (\tikztotarget)
},
ncbar/.default=0.5cm,
}
\begin{document}

\begin{tikzpicture}[auto]
\node (A) at (1,4) {A};
\node (B) at (3,4) {B};
\draw[->] (A) to  node {C} (B);
\draw[->] (A) to [ncbar=-1.5em] node[pos=0.3,below] {C} (B);
\end{tikzpicture}

\end{document}


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Thanks! That's exactly what I was looking for. –  Alan Munn Nov 2 '12 at 20:38
@AlanMunn You are very welcome. –  percusse Nov 2 '12 at 20:43