I took the following figure from JSON official site.

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Is there a package to do it easily?

Anyway, what is the name of this diagram?

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    If it had arrows, I'd say it's a deterministic finite state automaton.
    – TH.
    Mar 24 '11 at 3:09
  • @TH If I had to guess, I'd say that the arrows are implied and it is a DFA, albeit an "artistic" representation of one.
    – Aaron
    Mar 24 '11 at 3:38
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    TiKZ chains library. See the fourth tutorial in the TikZ manual.
    – Caramdir
    Mar 24 '11 at 4:26
  • @Aaron: As per Herbert's answer, it appears that these syntax diagrams are supposed to be for CFGs, so I guess they aren't DFAs (although the language for this one is clearly regular).
    – TH.
    Mar 24 '11 at 14:24

that are so-called railroad diagrams for the syntax and can be set with simple nodes and loops:




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No package but a tutorial: Diagrams as Simple Graphs in the pgfmanual page 60. You only need to change (modify) some styles


I am sure you can find an example on www.texample.net

that you can modify to suit your needs. I am not aware of a package that does precesily the job.


I believe these are called "syntax diagrams". I don't know about a package, but there is a tool called syngen on ctan that will generate those. It uses LaTeX picture environment, so the results are not as good looking as if you used tikz or pstricks, but maybe you could modify the code to produce some tikz code instead.

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