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Please, is that possible. Having started with this latex source, i would like to have calendar's cells "expandable" vertically -- please see the picture below.



\def\testmsgShort{Short message}
\def\testmsgLong{Long message for testing purposes}

    every node/.style={
            text width=3cm
\calendar [
    day list downward,
    dates=2011-01-01 to 2011-01-11
  if (weekend) [black!25];
  \node [anchor=base west] at (cal-2011-01-03.base east)
  \node [anchor=base west] at (cal-2011-01-09.base east)


calendar with (long) text labels

As you can see, long text nodes are not related to days (at least visually). More naturally would be to see a calendar in a form like a table with "day" and "label" columns. Well, i understand that it's hardly possible with a setup like this, because of calendar is already drawn, "printed out", so new nodes can not expand its "cells".

So, my questions is -- is this "cells expansion" possible with tikz/calendar? If yes -- how? Should i look for any other way? Which one, please?


Thank you, Jake!

Actually i would like to be possible to "collect" events, like this:

\tikzstyle{red events}=[
    execute after day scope=
        \redevent{2011-01-04}{This is a long event text.}
        \redevent{2011-01-07}{Short event!}

\tikzstyle{blue events}=[
    execute after day scope=
        \blueevent{2011-01-04}{This is another long event text.}
        \blueevent{2011-01-08}{Short another}

% ...
\calendar [
    % ...
    red events,
    blue events
    % ...

I am not sure that this is the optimal way to "collect events". Saying "collecting events" i mean that some events may be the same forever (think of birthdays), some others may be movable; i believe it's convenient to separate them and have a possibility to edit-comment-uncomment--etc-etc.

But this does not work with your code (i have overlapping events), and i could not imagine (i have poor tikz imagination so far, sorry), how to make it possible.

One way is, possibly, to define "initial offset" and accumulate it -- but wouldn't it be too expensive to define variables for offsets for whole year?

Is there any other way?

ps. Thank you a lot for your effort, Jake; your answer will be the best one in any case, but i would like to ask for even better solution (if that's possible), anyway .)

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Okay, here's another attempt: The events are collected in macros that change the new event style:




    \ifdate{equals=#1} {
% In the following, the event nodes are defined
% The \rule in the node text is necessary to match the "text depth=0.5ex" of the date nodes
        \node [anchor= north west,text height=1.5ex,
            text width=3.5cm,event]
% Calculate the vertical offset of the southern anchors of the date and event nodes
        {\pgfpointanchor{txt\pgfcalendarsuggestedname}{south} }
        {\pgfpointanchor{\pgfcalendarsuggestedname}{south} }
 Shift by offset
    \pgftransformshift{\pgfpointanchor{txt\pgfcalendarsuggestedname}{south west} }

    \event{2011-01-04}{This is a very long event text running over three lines.}
    \event{2011-01-07}{Short event!}
    \event{2011-01-08}{Third of the longish events\ldots}
        \event{2011-01-04}{This is another long event text.}
        \event{2011-01-08}{Short another}
        \event{2011-01-10}{Single blue event}


\def\dayyshift{2ex} % Set space between days
\def\columnspace{4pt} % Set extra space between day and event column

\newdimen{\extray} % Define new dimen for calculating vertical offset

\calendar [
    dates=2011-01-01 to 2011-01-14,
    every day/.style={
    anchor=north east,
    text depth=0.5ex,
    text height=1.5ex,
    text width=.3cm,
    execute after day scope=
    \pgftransformshift{\pgfpointanchor{\pgfcalendarsuggestedname}{north east}}
% Draw separator only if day of month is not 1
    \ifdate {day of month=1} {}{\draw [gray] (\pgfcalendarsuggestedname.north west) ++(90:3pt) -- +(0:4cm);}
% Shift coordinate system to next date
    \pgftransformshift{\pgfpointanchor{\pgfcalendarsuggestedname}{base east}}
if (weekend) [gray!75];

Calendar that collects different events

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Thank you a lot, indeed! Please, could you take a look, i've updated my question. Thank you! – brownian Jan 31 '11 at 8:41
Great! Well, my tikz misplaces hrules (img155.imageshack.us/img155/6037/testhg.png) and claims he doesn't know what's "align" (! Package pgfkeys Error: I do not know the key '/tikz/align' and I am going to ignore it. Perhaps you misspelled it.) -- but i believe it's my local problem. So, for now it is GREAT, thank you! – brownian Jan 31 '11 at 14:56
@brownian: You need to update your PGF installation, see this question – Jake Jan 31 '11 at 15:19
I have a question about node alignment. If I wanted to put a red circle around every Wednesday, I would normally do a "every day/.style={anchor=mid}", but this example relies on the "base east" anchor. How could I change this code to make this work? – macmadness86 Aug 4 '12 at 14:09

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