I made a picture using tikz, and I would like to correctly align the captions. This is what I did:

\begin{tikzpicture}[line cap=round,line join=round,>=triangle 45,x=1.0cm,y=1.0cm]
\coordinate (C) at (-2,\pgfmathresult);
\coordinate (A) at (-4,0);
\coordinate (B) at (4,0);
\coordinate (H) at (-2,0);
\draw[color=blue, line width=2pt] (A) -- (H);

\draw [fill=blue] (A) circle (2.0pt);
\draw[anchor=north] (A) node {$A$};

\draw [fill=blue] (B) circle (2.0pt);
\draw[anchor=north] (B) node {$B$};

\draw [fill=blue] (H) circle (2.0pt);
\draw[anchor=north] (H) node {$H$};

\draw [fill=blue] (C) circle (2.0pt);
\draw[anchor=south] (C) node {$C$};

\draw[anchor=north] (-3,0) node {$1$};
\draw[anchor=north] (1,0) node {$x$};
\draw[anchor=west] (-2,\pgfmathresult/2) node {$\sqrt{x}$};

\draw[color=blue, line width=2pt] (H) -- (B);
\draw[color=blue, line width=2pt] (B) arc (0:180:4);
\draw[color=red, line width=2pt] (H) -- (C);
\draw[color=purple, line width=2pt] (A) -- (C) -- (B);

And this is the output:

enter image description here

As you can see, H, B and x are not properly aligned: x is misplaced.

Which is the correct way to align them?

  • 1
    A, 1, H, x` and B aren't captions but node and edge labels :-). for start for x try to write x\vphantom{X}. – Zarko Jul 7 '18 at 12:20
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    Use text height=... and text deph=... as node options. – CarLaTeX Jul 7 '18 at 12:41

i suppose that you like like this:

enter image description here

i took a liberty and with use of the library quotes make your code quite shorter:


    line cap=round,
    label distance=0.5ex,
    dot/.style={circle,fill=blue,inner sep=2pt,outer sep=0pt},
every edge quotes/.append style={text=black, text height=2ex}
\coordinate[label=$C$]       (C) at (-2,\pgfmathresult);
\coordinate[label=below:$A$] (A) at (-4,0);
\coordinate[label=below:$B$] (B) at ( 4,0);
\coordinate[label=below:$H$] (H) at (-2,0);
\foreach \i in {A, B, C, H}
\node[dot] at (\i) {};
    \begin{scope}[line width=2pt]
\draw[color=blue]   (A) to ["1"] (H)
                        to ["$x$"] (B) arc(0:180:4);
\draw[color=red]    (H) to ["$\sqrt{x}$"] (C);
\draw[color=purple] (A) -- (C) -- (B);
  • Thank you, this code is very elegant. Where exactly did you solve my problem? It is just the line "label distance=0.5ex"? – zar Jul 7 '18 at 13:31
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    with every edge quotes/.append style={text=black, text height=2ex} where text height=2ex reserve space for text in edge quote (label). with label distance=0.5ex are defined distance of coordinates labels so, that they are aligned with edges. – Zarko Jul 7 '18 at 13:40

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