I always find my self doing a lot of repetition with fixed TikZ code blocks that I have to rewrite over and over again. My question is that, is it possible to create a block of TikZ executable commands (not just styles) inside a single argument and call that argument as a style?

Consider this:

\coordinate [label = below:A](A) at (0, 0);
\coordinate [label = above:B](B) at (3, 3);
\draw (A) -- (B);
\draw [|-|, thin] ($(A)! 8mm !90:(B)$)  -- node [sloped, midway, fill = white]{$3$cm}
($(B)! -8mm !90:(A)$);%This is too long and It would awesome to abstract it

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What I would like to know is if there any thing like

dimension line/.code arg={from#1to#2value#3}
    draw the dimension line between (A) and (B),
    add a node in the middle with blah style and blau value

So that using

\draw[dimension line=from A to B value 3cm] (A)--(B);

will yield the same output. That will help do the job with minimal effort and allow abstraction, I find this example simple enough in order to under stand how to create code blocks in TikZ. Thank you.


This is more a long comment than a real answer.

Although all tikz-dimline examples use cartesian coordinates, it's possible to use named ones:



\draw[red] (0,0) coordinate (A) -- (45:3) coordinate (B);

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In any case, I've finally found the question I was looking for:

Draw dimension of a line as a decoration in TikZ

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