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I am the author of TeX Tutorials on Youtube.

I am a linguist, lecturer and documentation specialist.

I use

  • Xelatex because of the unicode support.
  • OS X
  • Linux Mint

I am a supporter of up-votes for good questions (not just good answers).

My favorite package is tikz (and tikz-qtree).


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comment In tikz, is it possible to define a node and set its position later?
Ok. Interesting. I might open a question on that topic in the future. But going back to your example: you added coordinates manually. Is there a way to add them similarly to how rpapa does it?: tex.stackexchange.com/a/47856/13552
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comment In tikz, is it possible to define a node and set its position later?
Well I am just going to ask this here, because the chat room is not intuitive (no obvious place to insert response text). When I apply another tikzset style to the \pic, I end up with a no bounding box error. I wish I could put this in a chat. \tikzset{% 'shareStyle/.style = {% draw, drop shadow={opacity=0.5}, chamfered rectangle, chamfered rectangle angle=60, chamfered rectangle sep=.5cm, top color=orange!40, bottom color=orange!70, minimum height=1cm, inner sep=1cm}, font=\sffamily, }%`
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comment In tikz, is it possible to define a node and set its position later?
This might seem stupid, but I couldn't figure out how to type/send a message in the chat room. I still don't know how.
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comment In tikz, is it possible to define a node and set its position later?
Let us continue this discussion in chat.
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comment In tikz, is it possible to define a node and set its position later?
Also, maybe you could also shed some light on what pic actions means. I cannot find the page with documentation on this in the TikZ Manual.
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comment In tikz, is it possible to define a node and set its position later?
If I write \pic (a1) at (0,0) {node1={Node1Text}}; and try to reference with relative positioning for another node like so: \pic (a2) [right of=a1] {node2={Node2Text}};, I get the error "no shape named a1 is known."
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comment How can I make the node order for references in TikZ not matter?
@cfr Well I appreciate your attempt to help. The reason for keeping the server as the origin is because the server is the central unit in many, many diagrams in the manual I am working on. The latex code must be easily readable by multiple people in the event one person is indisposed. The server is naturally the first thing anybody would look for. So in short, for consistency in all drawings. I tend to ask pretty specific questions to address real-world issues. I know I COULD make the client the origin, but it makes my code less universally applicable :(
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comment How can I make the node order for references in TikZ not matter?
@John Kormylo Exactly! That is another way to word my question! I will include that in my question.
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comment How can I make the node order for references in TikZ not matter?
@cfr See my clause "I want to have an answer even if you find my reasoning illogical" :D
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comment In tikz, is it possible to define a node and set its position later?
Good information and ideas! However, I think you misunderstood my question. I would like to create two instances of a pic and draw line between them. So for your example, I would created two A's and be able to identify them uniquely.
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comment In tikz, is it possible to define a node and set its position later?
Hey there, is there a way to uniquely identify the \pic instances of nodes such that I can draw lines between each of them? I am drawing a network diagram and this code is perfect for drawing data storage devices (need many of them), but I need a way to identify each one uniquely. If that can be done, I will be a happy camper. The code looks so nice and organized. Thanks in advance for your input!
Nov
20
comment How can I explain the meaning of LaTeX to my grandma?
@adl I think grandma lost you at "LaTeX source files"...
Nov
7
comment Change section fonts
@Alan Munn The titlesec documentation does not seem clear to me. Could you cite where the manual discusses starred versions of \titleformat? I can only seem to find "4.2 Starred Versions" (updated June 14, 2000), which mentions that starred versions of sectioning commands are strongly discouraged (it seems that \section*{} is meant here)
May
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comment Can I use a TeX primitive in a “before” and “after” macro? (and how?)
Thanks! I will try to avoid using TeX primitives in higher-level LaTeX commands. Is it correct to assume that bgroup stands for begin group and egroup for end group?
May
12
comment Can I use a TeX primitive in a “before” and “after” macro? (and how?)
@egreg Actually, there is a problem with page breaks with embedded lists. If you would like I can provide an example of this. And to everybody, I appreciate the warnings about doing this. Despite the potential problems, sometimes in a bind one must do what has to do to get the output to look right!
May
12
comment Can I use a TeX primitive in a “before” and “after” macro? (and how?)
@DavidCarlisle I cannot accept your answer as a comment, I am sure you know that. Thanks for your help! I would be happy to label this question as answered…
May
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comment Can I use a TeX primitive in a “before” and “after” macro? (and how?)
Thanks for looking at my question and trying to help me. You both are two of the most-skilled TeX gurus on the site. I would just like to know if it is possible, and if so, how I can do it. I have never seen it done, but it might prove useful someday for global changes e.g. \fbox{} around a list, or other things. A pure answer that addresses the question and not any particular problem would be great!
May
11
comment Can I use a TeX primitive in a “before” and “after” macro? (and how?)
@egreg Because minipage is not a TeX primitive, it is an environment.
May
11
comment Can I use a TeX primitive in a “before” and “after” macro? (and how?)
@Peter Grill Alright, I added an example situation. I just want to know if there is a way to do this. I disagree with the x-y principle. Science does not need to be applied, rather can also be for the sake of knowing. See Gresham's Law (applied to science) and Vannevar Bush :)
May
11
comment Hanging indent inside list
Why is \itemindent using a negative value?