[OS X TeX] SVG to LaTeX?

Ross Moore ross at ics.mq.edu.au
Wed Jun 28 03:44:00 CEST 2006

Hi Alain,

On 28/06/2006, at 10:26 AM, Alain Schremmer wrote:

> I have no idea how to do "svg code editing".

With this simple example from
containing a few rectangles:

<?xml version="1.0" standalone="no"?>
<!DOCTYPE svg PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD SVG 1.1//EN"
<svg width="5cm" height="4cm" version="1.1"
   <desc>Four separate rectangles
     <rect x="0.5cm" y="0.5cm" width="2cm" height="1cm"/>
     <rect x="0.5cm" y="2cm" width="1cm" height="1.5cm"/>
     <rect x="3cm" y="0.5cm" width="1.5cm" height="2cm"/>
     <rect x="3.5cm" y="3cm" width="1cm" height="0.5cm"/>
   <!-- Show outline of canvas using 'rect' element -->
   <rect x=".01cm" y=".01cm" width="4.98cm" height="3.98cm"
         fill="none" stroke="blue" stroke-width=".02cm" />

  ... it's easy to see what each length refers to.
So editing this to change the number, size, location or
color of the rectangles would be easy.

The tagging structure is XML, which is pretty easy to get used to.

With more complicated pictures, a point-and-click tool might be
easier, for locating the piece you want to change, and seeing the
results. But at least in principle you can hand-edit the SVG code.

> My problem is that, already at this point, I have a couple of  
> hundred graphics which means one svg for "graphic editing" and one  
> pdf for "inclusion in the latex source".

Do their contents look similar in style to the example above ?
If not, what tool created them ?

> As I understand it, the advantage of the Moore solution, whether  
> the uncompressed version or the compressed one, is that the svg  
> code being included in the latex source, a person wishing to edit a  
> graphic would have the choice between:
> - "svg code editing" in-place or in an editor (after decompressing  
> if needed)
> - "graphic editing' by having some graphics app realize the vector  
> graphics from the code, do the "graphic editing" with the graphics  
> app and getting subethedit turn it back into code for substitution  
> in the latex file.

I'm always in favour of having several alternatives available
to do technical work.

What is the role of SubEthaEdit here?
My old version 1.0 shows nothing specific to SVG.

> Very grateful regards
> --schremmer

You're welcome.



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