[Xy-pic] Code for mid-arrows

Richard Dybowski rdybowski@btinternet.com
Fri, 24 Aug 2001 11:24:42 +0100

Recently, I found myself needing a new symbol for a research paper. The 
required symbol is an arrow with the head located halfway along the shaft 
of the arrow; in other words, -->-- but without the gaps. Unfortunately, 
this symbol is not present amongst the arrows provided by the AMS TeX 
collection; therefore, I devised the following code to produce it. For the 
head pointing to the right, I defined


And for the head pointing to the right, I defined


If anyone can think of a more eloquent way of doing this, please let me know.

The above approach is fine when used for diagrams, but one problem with the 
above code is that I cannot use it to produce the midarrow symbol as a 
subscript because the size remains the same. I have tried to create the 
subscripted version of the symbol by combining the font symbols "-" and ">" 
using the \! command (i.e. - \!\!\!\!\!\!\! >), but the result is not 
satisfactory. Part of the problem here is that the "-" is too short. Is 
there a TeX command to produce a horizontal line longer than "-"?


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