I'm running into a weird problem with TikZ. The following code

\node (A) [label=45:$A$] at (p2) {};

is rendered correctly in one document, but incorrectly in another, larger document (which uses incidentally more packages, this is why I suspect some package clash.

Surprisingly, the label specified by the portion of the code 45:$A$ is rendered explicitly as 45:A, rather than being interpreted as A at 45°. There is no warning or error raised.

Any idea of where the problem might come from?

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    – egreg
    Sep 20, 2011 at 21:00
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    Do you compile the two documents on the same machine? Are are there potentially different versions of TikZ in play?
    – Caramdir
    Sep 20, 2011 at 21:01

1 Answer 1


It is actually due to a clash with the package babel (see the manual). By using the command \shorthandoff before the tikz code, it works fine! For example, you could use:

  • So the problem is, I presume, due to the fact that the colon is being made active and so TikZ no longer sees it as a colon. Sep 21, 2011 at 9:25
  • A tip: If you indent lines by 4 spaces or enclose words in backticks `, they'll be marked as code, as can be seen in my edit. You can also highlight the code and click the "code" button (with "{}" on it).
    – Tobi
    Feb 10, 2012 at 18:57
  • I don't think it is the case anymore as of tikz-2.10.
    – cjorssen
    Feb 10, 2012 at 20:46
  • Well, I was wrong in the comment above. This should now be fixed in the cvs version of tikz.
    – cjorssen
    May 8, 2012 at 9:42
  • In version 2.10-1 (on Debian Wheezy), I'm still forced to comment out \usepackage[myoptions]{babel}. Well, it was worth a try. Oct 9, 2013 at 8:59

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