Over the past few years I’ve been making heavy use of DOT, the Directed Graph programming language, using GraphViz for output. It’s basically a text format for building flowchart like diagrams (i.e. directed graphs). It’s a classic computer science thing; “Very Smart, Very Obtuse Syntax”.
I’d been running into a problem where I couldn’t get me labels to correctly left or right align. They’d always appear to align center. Even when I discovered there are three newline characters
- \n Newline, align center
- \l Newline, align left
- \r Newline, align right
I’d still get what looked like centered output. It turns out that, in dot, each line of a label can have a different alignment. So, adding a final \l to my labels fixed things.
NODE [ label="This is a test \lof creating my lines\lin a non-centeredway\l" ]
I pass this into the internet group mind in the hope it saves someone else some time.