# Decorate tikz path with cyrillic text

I'm trying to decorate tikz path with cyrillic symbols without any success. I can use ASCII symbols but not cyrillic.

\documentclass{standalone}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[T2A,T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage[english,russian]{babel}

\usetikzlibrary{decorations.text}

\begin{document}

\begin{tikzpicture}

\draw (0,0) circle (1cm);
\path[
postaction={
decorate,
decoration={
text along path,
reverse path=false,
text={very long long text}
}
}
] (0,0) circle (1cm);

\end{tikzpicture}

\end{document}


If I put cyrillic symbols in text={} this cause many errors.

UPDATE: I have processed my tex file with XeLaTex and it works partially. It shows only first symbol.

Also I need to pass the text as parameter as follow:

\newcommand\PathWithText[1]{
\draw (0,0) circle (1cm);
\path[
postaction={
decorate,
decoration={
text along path,
reverse path=false,
text={#1}
}
}
] (0,0) circle (1cm);
}
\PathWithText{очень длинный текст}

• also breaks for other symbols like äöü (just in case someone doesn't have cyrillic symbols). Also very funny result with $a$ as text ;) – someonr Dec 20 '13 at 16:05
• You need to enclose them in braces, e.g.: text={{ä}{ö}{ü}}. – Qrrbrbirlbel Dec 20 '13 at 16:19
• This has to do with the way the text is parsed, one token at a time; but cyrillic letters are multibyte, so the parser gets confused. The same if ä is used in Latin script. The trick by @Qrrbrbirlbel works. – egreg Dec 20 '13 at 16:33
• @Qrrbrbirlbel Unfortunattely, your solution doesn't work – bronislav Dec 20 '13 at 20:10
• Braces as suggested by @Qrrbrbirlbel works but it looks as if for cyrillic you sometimes need more layers of braces. E.g. text={{{о}}{{ч}}{{е}}{{н}}{{ь}}} works, but I also had cases where I needed one additional layer around some chars. – Ulrike Fischer Aug 5 '14 at 10:00

You could use LuaLaTex or XeLaTex like this:

\documentclass{standalone}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usepackage{fontspec}

\usetikzlibrary{decorations.text}

\setmainfont{Liberation Sans} %use some font with cyrillic symbols

\newcommand\PathWithText[1]{
\draw (0,0) circle (1cm);
\path[
postaction={
decorate,
decoration={
text along path,
reverse path=false,
text={#1}
}
}
] (0,0) circle (1cm);
}

\begin{document}

\begin{tikzpicture}
\PathWithText{очень длинный текст}
\end{tikzpicture}

\end{document}


• Thanks for suggestion. I am going to see if it feets my needs. Also, please see my updated question. – bronislav Dec 20 '13 at 20:18
• @bronislav I think, your example works for me. I updated the answer to show that I can see all symbols. – someonr Dec 21 '13 at 3:43
• thx, you suggestion works perfect. I am going to ask a new question as a continue of this one. – bronislav Dec 21 '13 at 5:06