[Xy-pic] Help with trees?!

Ross Moore ross at ics.mq.edu.au
Tue Mar 11 21:06:04 CET 2003

> Hallo all!
> >From time to time I use the Xy-pic package.  I think it's great stuff!
> Among its goodies I found something to layout trees (e.g. for
> directories) in a nice way (see [1] for details, and "tree.sty", taken
> from [1], in the attachment of this mail).
> Normally this tree thing works great.
> But for trees with long lines, I mean, long entries for nodes, those
> horizontal lines get too long.
> This is a sketch of what I tried:
> Study Package
>     |
>     +-----WP 1000 ---> blablabla                   | <- right margin
>     |                                              |
>     +-----WP 2000 ---> blablablabla                |
>     |           |                                  |
>     |           `------------------- ST 2100 blubbblubbblubb
>     :                                              |
>     :                /\
>                       `-- How can I reduce the length of this line?
> So, the branch from "WP 2000" to "ST 2100" gets too long, and the leaf
> is printed over the right margin.
> The problem seems to be that the point where the line starts is the
> middle of the whole inner node.

Yes, and the place where the next level of labelling starts is at the
right-hand end of the previous label.

% Interpretation action for (: move back and down!
\def\openaction{\POS @+c +R+/r1em/ +/d\baselineskip/ }
                         ^^___ move to Right end (then down a bit)

> So, I'm looking for a way to shorten the branch line.  Sometimes, it
> seems reasonable to define a constant length for this.
> Or, alternatively, to define a starting point for this line.
You could define alternative values for \openaction:

  \let\openactioni \openaction    % store the default method
  \def\openactionii{\POS @+c +R+/l2cm/+/r1em/ +/d\baselineskip/ }
  \def\openactioniii{\POS @+c +R+.......  }

then find a way to include re-bindings of \openaction
within your diagram source:

  ....  do some nodes ....
  ....  do some more nodes ....
  ....  and some more, back in the normal way ....

> I tried my best and looked up the Xy-pic user guide and ref man, but I'm
> lost.  I assume I have to change the definition of the macro \branch or
> maybe the macro \openaction (both in "tree.tex")... well, somehow...

Yes, I think \openaction is the method that needs to be adjusted to
fit your situation.

There could be a similar solution adjusting \branch ,
as this is where the centering is specified:

> \def\branch{\ar @{-} `l/\jot s0+DC="s0" "s0" }
this could be replaced by  +DL+/r<shift>/="s0"
where <shift> is a constant length.

> Any clues?

Hope this helps,

	Ross Moore

> Many thanks in advance!
> Regards,
>         Wolfgang
> References:
> [1] http://tug.org/applications/Xy-pic/soft/xypapers/tug97rose.ps

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