[metapost] Different colours in a label

Mojca Miklavec mojca.miklavec.lists at gmail.com
Sat Nov 10 12:19:12 CET 2007

On 11/10/07, Pétiard François wrote:
> Hello
> I want to typeset a label like that :
> E=Q(i)
> where E is in blue and i is in red.
> The command :
> label(btex $\color{blue}E\color{black}=Q(\color{red}i\color{black})$
> etex,z0);
> does'nt work : all the label is in black.
> How can I make ?

That's because "btex/etex" labels are processed with plain TeX (unless
you have switched to LaTeX explicitely) which doesn't know that it
should turn the color on. You probably need to add something like
    verbatimtex ... \usepackage{color} etex
at the beginning (no idea how to do the same in plain TeX) since the
separate (La)TeX run doesn't include any special packages by default.

Another approach is depicted here as a complete example in metafun (to
be processed with texexec) - since I forgot most of what I have ever
known about LaTeX:

% metapost code goes here
label(\sometxt{$\color[blue]{E}=Q(\color[red]{i})$}, origin);


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