[Xy-pic] Pointed shafts

Ross Moore ross at ics.mq.edu.au
Wed Jan 2 22:02:20 CET 2008

On 01/01/2008, at 7:50 AM, Michael Barr wrote:

> Hi and happy new year:
> Some time ago you sent me the following macros to make pointed  
> shafts for arrows:
>  \newbox\cdotbox
>  \setbox\cdotbox=\hbox{\lower1.1ex\hbox{$\cdot$}}
>  \newdir{d}{\object{\copy\cdotbox}}
> Recently, I have discovered that the following works just as well,  
> if not better:
> \newdir{p}{\object{.}}
> This is fine, but has to be used as {}{p}> .  Since I cannot  
> imagine wanting to use .> since it gives nearly invisible dots I  
> would like to ask if there is an easy way to substitute my dot, but  
> leave myself able to use the simpler syntax.  It is not an  
> important issue, obviously, but it would simplify the typing.

Just use    \newdir{.}{\object{.}}
You'll get a warning such as

      Xy-pic Warning: `\dir{.}' redefined [barr-2:37].

It doesn't affect doubled arrows though.

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In the attached image, the top one uses the \cdotbox as  \ar@{{}{d}>}
whereas the 2nd uses a modified @{.} via  \ar@{.>}
with the third using   \ar@{:>} .

To get double-dotted arrows working, you may have to muck around
a bit with explicit widths, such as this:

\xydef@\widepoint@{\pointlike@{{\kern-1.5\p at .\kern1.5\p@}}{2\p@}}
\xydefcsname@{dir2{.}}{\widepoint@ \double@\xydashh@}

which will generate warnings:

    Xy-pic Warning: `\dir2{.}' redefined [barr-2:56].

    Xy-pic Warning: `\dir{:}' redefined [barr-2:57].

but work as follows:

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using   \ar@{:>} .

> Michael

Hope this helps,


Ross Moore                                         ross at maths.mq.edu.au
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