[OS X TeX] Linguists' trees and pdf

Robert Voogdgeert rvoogdgeert at kabelfoon.nl
Thu Nov 18 02:15:44 EST 2004

> I use Emma Pease's wonderful tree-dvips package to draw trees and 
> similar diagrams in linguistics books and papers.  This emits raw 
> PostScript specials, which can be used to draw lines among the nodes
> a tree and also dotted, or curvy, or whatever lines with or without 
> arrows at the ends to indicate movement and the like.
> Unfortunately, the PostScript-dependent nature of this package makes
> incompatible with pdf based packages.  I suspect I am not the only 
> linguist to be frustrated at the difficulty of combining Emma's trees 
> with XeTeX, for instance, though I may have just misunderstood 
> something basic.
> So: does anyone know of a pdf equivalent to tree-dvips? (Note that
> if things like qtree were better at drawing trees than they are, they 
> would still require tree-dvips to add annotations like movement
> at least at present.)

As far as I know, this frustration will be ours for the time being. I
don't know of any tree-drawing package that can be used with pdftex.

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