[Xy-pic] Thick lines in pdflatex

Till Mossakowski till at informatik.uni-bremen.de
Mon Jul 21 21:48:09 CEST 2003

Dear Ross,

many thanks!
I already have used option A, but B may be a better alternative.
Actually, the disadvantage of A is that some of the PDF-structure
created by PdfLaTeX (like bookmarks and hyperlinks) is lost.


Ross Moore wrote:
> Hi Till,
> On Sat, 12 Jul 2003, Till Mossakowski wrote:
>>Is it possible to typeset thick lines, e.g. as in
>>\xymatrix{A \ar@{-->}@*{[|(1.8)]}[r]^{B} & C}
>>with PdfLaTeX?
>>(The thicker lines seem to work only with the [ps,dvips]
>>option, but not with PdfLaTeX).
> That is correct.
> Sorry, the work to do this for the PDF driver has not been done yet.
> It needs a full implementation of drawing lines an arrow-tips in PDF
> (akin to the xyps driver).
> Unfortunately some of the vital programming features of PostScript
> that are used by Xy-pic in the xyps driver, cannot be translated
> easily into PDF.
> So your best options to get PDF of the diagrams that you want are:
>  A.  Use  dvi -- dvips ---> PS --- Ghostscript -->  PDF
>      for the whole document;
> or
>  B.  Typeset the diagrams as separate graphics, then use dvips -E
>      to encapsulate them; convert to PDF using Ghostscript
>      then import the resulting graphic into your document.
>      In the long run, option B may actually save time, as you do
>      not need to rebuild the Xy-pic diagram on every LaTeX run of
>      your full document.
> Hope this helps,
> 	Ross Moore
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Till Mossakowski               Phone +49-421-218-4683
Dept. of Computer Science      Fax +49-421-218-3054
University of Bremen           till at tzi.de
P.O.Box 330440, D-28334 Bremen http://www.tzi.de/~till

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