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Xy-pic is a package for typesetting a variety of graphs and diagrams with TeX. Xy-pic works with most formats (including LaTeX, AMS-LaTeX, AMS-TeX, and plain TeX), in particular Xy-pic is provided as a LaTeX2e `supported package'. It uses the principle of `logical composition of visual components'. It is structured as several modules, each defining a mnemonic plain text notation for a particular kind of graphical object or structure. Example objects are arrows, curves, frames, and colouring/rotation on drivers that support it; these can be organised in matrix, directed graph, path, polygon, knot, and 2-cell structure.

Current Version:   3.6

License Type:   GPL

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Standard TeX installation.

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  • ... Thank you very much for posting the great XYpic package to the net! At the moment I am making a survey of macro packages for drawing diagrams in [AMS][La]TeX, and yours is clearly the best.
  • ... A colleague just gave me a copy of the user's manual and his files for xy-pic. This is fantastic -- the best diagrams for TeX I have ever seen!

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