[texhax] making flow chart with latex

Philip G. Ratcliffe philipratcliffe at tiscali.it
Sun Nov 13 09:26:17 CET 2005

> >>>>> "Martin" == Martin Schröder <martin at oneiros.de> writes:
>   > On 2005-11-11 08:59:04 +0100, Alphonse Monkamg wrote:
>   >> I'm currently Ph.D student at the university of Bordeaux
>   >> (France).  Please, I would like to know how to construct a flow
>   >> chart with latex. Possible if you may have a latex example.
>   > Please, next time do your research yourself.
> What a crappy response...  Sorry, Martin.

Oh dear, here we go again.  Look Reinhard, Martin didn't just say that, he
actually gave the answer and explained how to find it - that really doesn't
sound so "crappy" to me - he even said "Please".

> Some time ago, a colleague of mine produced a lot of flowcharts for
> his thesis using metapost.  He was absolutely new to TeX so nobody can
> say that metapost is only good for experts.

Good for him, but he sounds like the sort of person who does do their own
research.  I really can't imagine that metapost is actually easier to use
out-of-the-box than flow.

> The result was amazingly good and metapost provides a vast amount of
> flexibility.  I think that this is the preferred way to do things like
> this.

This you've just got to explain: either you're saying that the "flow"
package is not up to much (I don't know it so I can't say) or your claim
counter to the philosophy of making style files generally available as a
contribution to the comunity.

Personally, I use google and/or search the pdf version of Robin's FAQ and
find the answers to virtually all of my problems in next-to-no-time, I often
just flick through the package list on CTAN; it all depends on how I feel
and whether or not I'm on line.  Anyway, it really shouldn't hurt to suggest
that people do this sort of research on their own first.

Cheers,  Phil Ratcliffe

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