[pdftex] Commutative Diagrams in PDFLaTeX

Frank Boehme f.boehme at cs.ucc.ie
Mon Feb 19 17:49:39 CET 2001

Steve Grathwohl wrote:
> At 12:06 PM 2/19/01, Anthony Roy wrote:
> >Hi all,
> >
> >Before converting to PDFLaTeX, I used a package "diagrams.sty" by Paul
> >Taylor for producing commutative diagrams.
> >
> >Unfortunately this package does not fully work with PDFLaTeX. Does anyone
> >know of a similar package that is PDFLaTeX compatible?
> >
> My vote is for xypic.

That works fine if the used glyphs are available as Type 1 fonts. There
is no output driver for pdftex (last time I checked was some months
ago). Curved arrows are implemented as Postscript specials (with dvips
outupt) or are pieced together from a number of dots and lines. The
latter is what you would have to use under pldflatex. You could also go
via ps to pdf and input the graphics separately. But you would run into
a problem is the bounding box around diagrams with curved arrows.

IMHO, Metapost is still the best option to include programmed graphics
under pdftex.


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