[Xy-pic] spacing objects and arrows using xymatrix

Philip Hirschhorn psh at math.mit.edu
Mon Oct 17 07:17:35 CEST 2011

On Sun, 16 Oct 2011, Alberto Alcalá Alvarez wrote:

> hello, I'm trying to get the following done, using the xymatrix
> command: I have a diagram with a >>--->> arrow going down, but the
> tail of the arrow, >>, gets overlapped with the name of the origin
> of the arrow, so my question is if there is a way to save some space
> between the name of the origin and the tail of the arrow, or if I
> could rescale the shaft of the arrow in order to make it
> shorter. thanks a lot!

Instead of having the arrow start from the current node, you could
specify both the starting point and the target of the arrow, and set
the starting point to a little bit below the current node.  That is,
try the following:

    {A} \ar@{>>->>}[]+<0ex,-2ex>;[d]
    & {C} \ar@{>>->>}[d]\\
    & {D}

The downward arrow on the right is as you describe, but the downward
arrow on the left


begins at []+<0ex,-2ex> (which is 2ex below the current node) and aims
at [d].

Hope this helps,
Phil Hirschhorn

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