Is there a way to do this?

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My hunch is that I can simulate this by creating a table that has 20 columns, no separators, use the | as a manual column separator, and then draw a rectangle that can span rows (not sure how to do that exactly, but its probably possible.

I have a strong suspicion that this way of doing it is rather silly. What is the better way?

  • looks like a gantt: ctan.org/pkg/pgfgantt – Marco Daniel May 2 '13 at 7:09
  • @MarcoDaniel If you would post an example for the first one that looked like what they have on page 7 of the documentation, I would mark it as the answer – soandos May 2 '13 at 7:25
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    This is TikZ's business – SaltyEgg May 2 '13 at 7:33
  • @SaltyEgg how then? – soandos May 2 '13 at 7:46

Your request looks like a normal Gantt-Chart. Therefor you can use packages like pgfgantt (based on TikZ) or pst-gantt (based on PSTricks).

The following example uses pgfgannt.

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 vgrid={*4{red,dashed}, *1{black},*4{red,dashed}, *1{black},*4{red,dashed}, *1{black},*4{red,dashed}, *1{black}},
\gantttitlelist{1,...,20}{1} \\
\ganttbar{A}{1}{3} \\
\ganttbar{B}{4}{9} \\
\ganttbar{C}{10}{14} \\
\ganttbar{D}{15}{18} \\

Soandos mentioned that he get the warning:

/tikz/*1{black}' and I am going to ignore it.

I don't get this warning and so I will provide my file list:

 *File List*
 article.cls    2007/10/19 v1.4h Standard LaTeX document class
  size10.clo    2007/10/19 v1.4h Standard LaTeX file (size option)
    tikz.sty    2012/08/29 v2.10-cvs (rcs-revision 1.100)
     pgf.sty    2008/01/15 v2.10-cvs (rcs-revision 1.12)
  pgfrcs.sty    2010/11/07 v2.10-cvs (rcs-revision 1.25)
everyshi.sty    2001/05/15 v3.00 EveryShipout Package (MS)
 pgfcore.sty    2010/04/11 v2.10-cvs (rcs-revision 1.7)
graphicx.sty    1999/02/16 v1.0f Enhanced LaTeX Graphics (DPC,SPQR)
  keyval.sty    1999/03/16 v1.13 key=value parser (DPC)
graphics.sty    2009/02/05 v1.0o Standard LaTeX Graphics (DPC,SPQR)
    trig.sty    1999/03/16 v1.09 sin cos tan (DPC)
graphics.cfg    2010/04/23 v1.9 graphics configuration of TeX Live
  pdftex.def    2011/05/27 v0.06d Graphics/color for pdfTeX
infwarerr.sty    2010/04/08 v1.3 Providing info/warning/error messages (HO)
 ltxcmds.sty    2011/11/09 v1.22 LaTeX kernel commands for general use (HO)
  pgfsys.sty    2012/03/30 v2.10-cvs (rcs-revision 1.38)
pgfsyssoftpath.code.tex    2008/07/18  (rcs-revision 1.7)
pgfsysprotocol.code.tex    2006/10/16  (rcs-revision 1.4)
  xcolor.sty    2007/01/21 v2.11 LaTeX color extensions (UK)
   color.cfg    2007/01/18 v1.5 color configuration of teTeX/TeXLive
pgfcomp-version-0-65.sty    2007/07/03 v2.10-cvs (rcs-revision 1.7)
pgfcomp-version-1-18.sty    2007/07/23 v2.10-cvs (rcs-revision 1.1)
  pgffor.sty    2012/08/27 v2.10-cvs (rcs-revision 1.22)
pgfgantt.sty    2012/01/25 v3.0 Draw Gantt diagrams with TikZ
pdftexcmds.sty    2011/11/29 v0.20 Utility functions of pdfTeX for LuaTeX (HO)
ifluatex.sty    2010/03/01 v1.3 Provides the ifluatex switch (HO)
   ifpdf.sty    2011/01/30 v2.3 Provides the ifpdf switch (HO)
epstopdf-base.sty    2010/02/09 v2.5 Base part for package epstopdf
  grfext.sty    2010/08/19 v1.1 Manage graphics extensions (HO)
kvdefinekeys.sty    2011/04/07 v1.3 Define keys (HO)
kvoptions.sty    2011/06/30 v3.11 Key value format for package options (HO)
kvsetkeys.sty    2012/04/25 v1.16 Key value parser (HO)
etexcmds.sty    2011/02/16 v1.5 Avoid name clashes with e-TeX commands (HO)
epstopdf-sys.cfg    2010/07/13 v1.3 Configuration of (r)epstopdf for TeX Live
  • I am getting an warning that says "I do not know the key '/tikz/*1{black}' and I am going to ignore it." The error shows up by the \end{ganttchart} declaration – soandos May 2 '13 at 8:06
  • @soandos: I get no warning. Maybe we are using different versions. I will add my file list. – Marco Daniel May 2 '13 at 8:21
  • How can I get that list to print out? – soandos May 2 '13 at 8:24
  • @soandos: Add \listfiles to your preamble. See: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/13304/… – Marco Daniel May 2 '13 at 8:26
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    @soandos put \end{document} straight after \begin{document} then you won't get a document but the run will finish cleanly and list all the packages in the preamble – David Carlisle May 2 '13 at 8:44

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