Is it possible to draw a Braid like this? (with dots and vertical strands)

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I tried to use TikZ braids Package but on the documentation I don't see anything similar to this things. Thanks in advance

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    Welcome to tex.SE. Can you show us what you tried and what did not work as expected? Also: do you really think that braid is drawn correctly? Is a braid not something that goes over and under each other all the time? The strands in your drawing seem to be mostly staying in their own level... May 11, 2023 at 9:26
  • I suggest to read the guide: ctan.mirror.garr.it/mirrors/ctan/graphics/pgf/contrib/braids/…
    – Sebastiano
    May 11, 2023 at 9:32
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    @Sebastiano unfortunately that's exactly the documentation I was referring to and I couldn't find any info on this specific case May 11, 2023 at 9:39
  • The braids library is designed for a very specific style of rendering for braids and uses that specificity to make assumptions on how the braid will look meaning that it can optimise the routine. For more general knots and links there is the knots library and the spath3 library. Both will draw diagrams such as this with ease. Oct 12, 2023 at 22:42

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You can draw this with basic TikZ commands using double to make the crossings (which is what the braids package does).

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\tikzset{overcross/.style={double, line width=1.5, white, double=black, double distance=\knotlinewidth}}


\begin{tikzpicture}[line width=\knotlinewidth]
    \draw[overcross, looseness=1.3](5,6)to[out=-90,in=90](0,3)to[out=-90,in=90](5,0);
    \node[font=\huge] at (3,3){$\cdots$};

  • That's not how the braids package works. The braids package works by inserting gaps in the strands at the right places. Using double is more like how the knots library works, only it has a more sophisticated technique which means it avoids issues such as the gap in the vertical part of the strand which you draw in two parts, and it automates calculating the crossings so you don't have to finesse it by hand. Oct 12, 2023 at 22:40
  • Thanks for that info @AndrewStacey. I didn't realize the knots and braids packages used different techniques.
    – Sandy G
    Oct 13, 2023 at 0:42

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