I'm trying to create a
tikzpicture that contains something like what is in the following sketch.
I've tried numerous ways to use custom nodes within a
graph drawing-driven layout, but even when "importing" the nodes is successful, the graph drawing doesn't seem to rearrange the nodes (even though no position was specified when I "declared" the nodes).
I don't really need to draw a complex graph, I'd just like to:
- Specify "ballpark zones" (around a coordinate and/or in a direction relative to another node) for some nodes
- Specify stricter positioning for other nodes (i.e., "must be exactly 5mm directly to the right of X other node")
- Have tikz/pgf respect my strict positioning specifications, and adjust the "ballpark zoned" nodes as necessary to avoid collisions
Is there a way to do this? I know I could always just manually position everything but a self-optimizing diagram would be ideal.