# \pstextpath with node connectors?

Denis Girou Denis.Girou at idris.fr
Fri Jul 11 23:32:28 CEST 1997

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>>>>> "Richard.Kaszeta" == Richard Kaszeta <kaszeta at me.umn.edu> writes:

Richard.Kaszeta> For some fairly complicated diagrams I am doing with PSTricks-97, I'd
Richard.Kaszeta> like to use \pstextpath to place text along the path of a curved node
Richard.Kaszeta> connector like \nccurve.  However, if I try:

Richard.Kaszeta> \begin{psmatrix}
Richard.Kaszeta>   & & A \\
Richard.Kaszeta>   & B \\
Richard.Kaszeta>  C
Richard.Kaszeta> \pstextpath{\nccurve{1,3}{3,1}}{Test Text}
Richard.Kaszeta> \end{psmatrix}

Richard.Kaszeta> I get the error

Richard.Kaszeta> ! Misplaced node connection command.
Richard.Kaszeta> \@pstrickserr ... immediate help.}\errmessage {#1}
Richard.Kaszeta>                                                   \endgroup
Richard.Kaszeta> l.12 \pstextpath{\nccurve{1,3}{3,1}}{Test Text}

I'm not able to give you the "real" explanation, but what is clear it that
"it is not a bug but a feature"... It is not a TeX error message but a
PSTricks one, because it explicitely forbid to do that. When we look at the
code of pst-text.tex, we can see that several constructions are forbidden
as the "graphic object" for \pstextpath, as all the \nc... and \pc macros.
I don't know why, but I'm sure that Timothy had definitive reason to had did
that...

\def\psclip#1{\pst at misplaced\psclip}%
\def\@multips(##1)(##2)##3##4{\pst at misplaced\multips}%
\def\nc at object##1##2##3##4{\pst at misplaced{node connection}}%
\def\PSTtoEPS at i##1##2{\pst at misplaced\PSTtoEPS}%

Richard.Kaszeta> Any ideas?  Is it possible to use \pstextpath with node connectors?

Nevertheless, the answer to this question is globally "yes". The workaround
is easy, defining explicitely the name of the nodes. But unfortunately (!)
your example, so I suppose need, is to use \nccurve which has no equivalent
as basic graphic object, because it draw a Bezier curve defined by only two
points, using the special ncurv parameter. It's clear that if you can define a
third point (you can adjust position of node D in the following example using
the rowsep and colsep parameters like [name=D,colsep=0.5,rowsep=-0.5]),
it is easy. If not, the way is to look at the code of \nccurve and to build a
\psbezierTwoPoints macro which draw a Bezier curve in the way \nccurve do it.

\documentclass[a4paper,12pt]{article}

\usepackage{pstricks}
\usepackage{pst-node}
\usepackage{pst-text}

\begin{document}

\SpecialCoor

\begin{psmatrix}
&   & [name=A] A \\
& B              \\[0pt]
[name=C] C &   & [name=D]
\end{psmatrix}

\pstextpath{\psline(A)(C)}{Test Text}

\pstextpath{\psbezier(A)(D)(D)(C)}{Test Text}

\pstextpath{\pscurve(A)(D)(C)}{Test Text}

\end{document}

D.G.

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