[texhax] current position in output

Micha Hofri hofri at WPI.EDU
Sun Dec 28 18:52:14 CET 2008

A question about the frequent mention in this thread of pdftex, or 
pdflatex:  it has been my understanding that as a frequent user of 
pstricks (a marvelous tool!) I cannot use pdflatex (and routinely go 
the dvi-postscript route, sometimes into pdf).

Is this true? Is pdflatex still unable to "do" pstricks?

On the other hand, pstricks seems to have awareness of the "current 
position" on the page, which I occasionally use by trial-and-error.  is 
there a way to get pstricks to tell us where is what?

Thank you,                    --Micha Hofri

At 11:39 on 12/28/08 David Kastrup sent:

: Uwe Lück <uwe.lueck at web.de> writes:
: > At 16:53 27.12.08, Cihan . wrote:
: >>
: >> Is there any command or way to get the current output position (xy
: >> coordinate) of things. I need a comand that can capture the position
: >> like
: >>
: >>\xyposition{words or things in there}
: >>\currentpagenumber
: >
: > Y+. One might think of a /geometrical/ unit like: "how many pt below the
: > top of the page is ...'' ... very hard ... my advice: forget it!
: > [or ask Donald Arseneau and/or David Kastrup]
: PDFTeX has \pdfsavepos, \pdflastxpos, \pdflastypos.  That's actually
: tolerably easy to use and has for some years also worked in DVI mode.
: > Z. As for coordinates in terms of pt, TeX will be little helpful,
: > but perhaps PDFTeX can help you!?
: S.a.

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