I'm trying to position nodes with tikz to draw a schematic.
I would like to position nodes containing explanations text stacked below each other and at a specific x shift from the related word.

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My first idea was to positon the explanations nodes against each other with :

\node (otherexplanations) at ($(explanations.south east)+(4mm,0)$) {..};
\node (anotherserie) at ($(otherexplanations.south east)+(4mm,0)$) {..};

but I don't have the correct left shift with the related word.

My question is :

Is it possible to set a node position based on two nodes and adjust the x and y shifts independently ?

For exemple, positionnig the node anotherseries at 5mm below the otherexplanations.south node, and at 10mm left from the PHRASE.left node.

I'm aware I could use absolute coordinates, but I would like to make it adaptable to any amount of text in nodes on several schematics.

  • Perhaps you want to anchor the two nodes as \node[ancohr=north west]? – A.Ellett May 13 '15 at 18:09
  • Or simply \node[below right]... – John Kormylo May 13 '15 at 18:10

How about something like


  \node[inner sep=0pt] (explanations) {THIS IS MY EXPLANATION};
  \node[anchor=north west,inner sep=0pt] (otherexplanations) at ($(explanations.south east)+(4mm,0)$) {First text};
  \node[anchor=north west,inner sep=0pt]   (anotherserie)      at ($(otherexplanations.south east)+(4mm,0)$) {Second text};


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  • With the positioning library the anchors are set automatically so we can just do below right=0mm and 4mm of <other node>. (Or set node distance=0mm and 4mm and just use below right=of <other node> of course.) – Qrrbrbirlbel May 13 '15 at 21:28

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