I want to use \tikzmark outside tikzpicture to remember some coordinates, and then use them inside tikzpicture (it seems a rather standard thing). I have this minimal working example that draws a rectangle:




Some random text outside\tikzmark{label}

\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture, overlay]
\draw (0.1,0.1) rectangle (pic cs:label);


The link to the class is here:


Now, the problem happens when I switch to a SIG ACM format, for example this one:


Then, this error happens (but during the SECOND Latex pass):

! Missing number, treated as zero.
<to be read again> 
l.13 \draw (0.1,0.1) rectangle (pic cs:label)

Now, I tracked the problem down to the remember picture part - if it's removed, the error disappears. However, it seems crucial to use with the tikzmark feature.

I will be grateful for any hints.

  • for journals it's better to externalize your pictures as you can't be sure whether they will compile enough number of times to get the final result. – percusse Dec 7 '16 at 17:13
  • Thanks! Yes, I would do it if it was just a picture. However, the example above is minimal to make it simple - my ultimate goal is to put these tikz pictures onto a listing, and this cannot be externalized (or at least not easily). – Mac Dec 7 '16 at 17:28
  • Does the class not have page numbers (even invisible ones)? Is this intended for an online format or something? – cfr Dec 7 '16 at 17:56
  • What happens if you add \pagenumbering{arabic} after \begin{document}? [Note: you may get an error. I don't know the class: this is by way of finding stuff out rather than proposing a solution.] – cfr Dec 7 '16 at 17:57
  • Can you provide a link to the class as it is not in TeX Live? – cfr Dec 7 '16 at 17:58

The problem is that \thepage is set to \relax in the \write statement and hence is written literally to the aux file, instead of being replaced by the page number. I suggest to patch the tikzmark library such that it doesn't use \thepage. Add the following lines after \usetikzlibrary{tikzmark}.

   \csname pgfk@/tikz/every picture/.@cmd\endcsname
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    I have a vague memory of this being raised before, but the source for tikzmark still has \thepage so I guess if it did then I didn't get round to fixing it. \arabic{page} is far more robust than \thepage so I'll put that in the next release. – Andrew Stacey Dec 7 '16 at 18:32
  • Thank you! This worked like a charm. I also provided the link to the CLS file in the question. – Mac Dec 8 '16 at 9:11

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