Line objects may have a single "
chop" attribute. When the chop
attribute is present, and if the line starts or ends at the center
of a block object, then that start or end is automatically moved to
the edge of the object. For example:
file "A" cylinder "B" at 5cm heading 125 from A arrow <-> from A to B "from A to B" aligned above color red arrow <-> from A to B chop "from A to B chop" aligned below color blue
In the example, both of the arrows use "
from A to B" The difference
is that the blue line adds the "
chop" keyword whereas the red line
The chop feature only works if one or both ends of the line land on
the center of a block object. If neither end of a line is on the
center of a block object, then the "
chop" attribute is a no-op
Different From Legacy PIC
The chop attribute in Pikchr differs from the chop attribute in legacy PIC.
In PIC, the "
chop" keyword can be followed by a distance and can appear
twice. The chop keyword causes the line to be shortened by the amount
specified, or by
circlerad if no distance is given. The legacy "chop"
works ok if you are drawing lines between circles, but it mostly pointless
for lines between all other kinds of objects. The enhanced "chop" in
Pikchr is intended to make the feature helpful on a wider variety of