I'm making a timetable where I draw rectangles with x-coordinates of the day and y-coordinates of the time. Centered inside these rectangles these is a node with some text. Because of several reasons, the fill color cannot be applied to the rectangle but has to be applied to the node itself. The problem is, that I cannot (or that I don't know how) apply a height to the node, so my fill color only spans around the text, but not around the entire time period of the entry.

How could I make the node as tall as the rectangle?

Here is some code of my project

        (#1, {time(#2)}) rectangle (#1+1, {time(#3)}) % {time(#2)} begin of the entry, {time(#3)} end of the entry
        node [
            rectangle split, 
            rectangle split parts=2, 
            pos = .5, 
            fill = #6, 
            text = #7, 
            text width = \entrytextwidth cm, 
            text centered
        {\small{\textbf{#4}} \nodepart{second} \footnotesize{#5}};

Where time() is:


The time is passed as a float in the format hh.mm, \firstH is the first hour present on the timetable, in my case 8:00 am: 08.00.

The command is used as this: \calentry{1}{10.00}{10.45}{title}{location}{fillColor}{textColor} where 1 defines the weekday (Monday), 10.00 the starting time of the appointment (10:00 am) and 10.45 the ending time of the appointment (10:45 am).

Full code of the project

Please see my Github Gist. Feel free to suggest improvements.

  • 2
    regarding to your reputation you should know, that is simpler to help you, if you instead of code snippet provide complete small document -- mwe -- which we can copy and test in our computers. also give a link is not appropriate. it can be discontinue after while and members after than can not see, what is the problem.
    – Zarko
    Commented Oct 9, 2017 at 15:59
  • minimum height=time(#3)-time(#2)? Untested though. Commented Oct 9, 2017 at 16:14
  • minimum height doesn't apply to a multipart node. I propose (not tested): \draw (#1, {time(#2)}) rectangle (#1+1, {time(#3)}) node [pos=.5, minimum height=time(#3)-time(#2), text width= \entrytextwidth cm, text centered, fill=#6]{\phantom{\small{\textbf{#4}}}\\\phantom{\footnotesize{#5}}} node [ rectangle split, rectangle split parts=2, pos = .5, text = #7, text width = \entrytextwidth cm, text centered ] {\small{\textbf{#4}} \nodepart{second} \footnotesize{#5}}; }
    – Ignasi
    Commented Oct 9, 2017 at 16:26

1 Answer 1


I would suggest the fit library:

\documentclass[border=2pt 2pt 2pt 2pt]{standalone}

\usetikzlibrary{fit} %% new library

%% some missing definitions

%% your new macro:
    %% define the corners of the rectangle as coordinates:
        (#1, {time(#2)}) coordinate (A)
        (#1+1, {time(#3)}) coordinate (B)
    %% draw the rectangle:
    \draw (A) rectangle (B);
    %% draw the node:
    \node (fillcolor) [
            fit={(A) (B)}, %% fitting both coordinates
            inner sep = 0, %% do not take any more space than exactly fitting the height of the rectangle
            %rectangle split,
            %rectangle split parts=2,
            %pos = .5, %% not needed, as the node is not on the path anymore
            fill = #6,
            text width = \entrytextwidth cm,
        ] {};
    \node (title) at (fillcolor.center) [above]
        [text depth=0,text = #7,text centered]
    \node (location) at (fillcolor.center) [below]
        [text = #7,text centered]

%% your function:

        [x=5cm,y=2cm] %% otherwise it seems to be too small

However, this does not seem to work with the rectangle split, so two nodes separate nodes (title) and (location) are used for the text.


Note: since you didn't give an MWE, I just assumed some values.

  • This works pretty well, but the text is not exactly vertically centered. Do you know a workaround? anchor = mid doesn't do the job :/ PS: I updated the Github Gist with the current code, so that you can see the misalignment.
    – Sam
    Commented Oct 9, 2017 at 21:14
  • I updated the answer to use two extra nodes for the title. With your github code this now looks better regarding to the centering.
    – Scz
    Commented Oct 10, 2017 at 6:31

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