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I would expect that using the \MyText macro defined as

\newcommand{\MyText}{before \textcolor{red}{XX} after}

should always yield the same color for the text "before" and "after". But it appears that when I use it within a \node (third line), it results in different colors:

enter image description here

It seems as if the \textcolor{red}{XX} restores the color to black at the end if it is used within a \node.

Question: How do I get \textcolor{}{} within a \node to yield the same results as it does outside of a \node.

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Code:

\documentclass{article}\listfiles
\usepackage{tikz}

\newcommand{\MyText}{before \textcolor{red}{XX} after}

\begin{document}
\noindent
Outside of \verb|\node|: \MyText

\begingroup
\noindent
Outside of \verb|\node|: \color{green}\MyText
\endgroup

\noindent
\begin{tikzpicture}%
    \node [text=green, draw=blue, fill=yellow!20, inner sep=2pt] at (0,0) {Inside node: \MyText};
\end{tikzpicture}%
\end{document}
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    That's really curious. (+1) Interestingly, if you use green instead of text=green, i.e. \node [green, inner sep=0pt] at (0,0) {Inside node: \MyText}; you get the expected or standard result.
    – user121799
    Commented Aug 24, 2018 at 18:08
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    BTW, \node [green,draw=red, inner sep=0pt] at (0,0) {Inside node: \MyText}; also gives the expected result...
    – user121799
    Commented Aug 24, 2018 at 18:29
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    Related: tex.stackexchange.com/q/398675/43317: Maybe you can use font=\color{green}
    – esdd
    Commented Aug 24, 2018 at 18:36
  • 2
    @marmot: Updated question to show different \draw (and \fill) colors. Using just the color without the text= might be a good workaround for now. Only issue with that then is that the options must be specified in order. Commented Aug 24, 2018 at 18:37
  • 2
    The important thing to note here is **it's not my fault ** Commented Aug 24, 2018 at 19:09

1 Answer 1

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Here is the hack I have come up with as a temporary workaround:

\makeatletter
\let\OldTextcolor\textcolor
\newcommand*{\MyTextColor}[2]{%
    \colorlet{@SavedColor}{.}%
    \OldTextcolor{#1}{#2}%
    \color{@SavedColor}%
    \xspace%
}
\makeatother
\AtBeginEnvironment{tikzpicture}{\let\textcolor\MyTextColor}%

which yields (in this test case):

enter image description here

Note:

Code:

\documentclass{article}\listfiles
\usepackage{etoolbox}
\usepackage{xcolor}
\usepackage{xspace}
\usepackage{tikz}

\newcommand{\MyText}{before \textcolor{red}{XX} after}

\makeatletter
\let\OldTextcolor\textcolor
\newcommand*{\MyTextColor}[2]{%
    \colorlet{@SavedColor}{.}%
    \OldTextcolor{#1}{#2}%
    \color{@SavedColor}%
    \xspace%
}
\makeatother
\AtBeginEnvironment{tikzpicture}{\let\textcolor\MyTextColor}%


\begin{document}
\noindent
Outside of \verb|\node|: \MyText

\begingroup
\noindent
Outside of \verb|\node|: \color{green}\MyText
\endgroup

\noindent
\begin{tikzpicture}%
    \node [text=green, draw=blue, fill=yellow!20, inner sep=2pt] at (0,0) {Inside node: \MyText};
\end{tikzpicture}%
\end{document}

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