Talk:Tips for writing math and science articles

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Diagram software

I've done diagrams for math papers primarily using Inkscape and Asymptote. Inkscape is great and easy to use (it's a pretty typical drawing program), and it should be possible to get a fairly consistent look. Asymptote is a successor to METAPOST and is an extremely flexible language for the generation of diagrams. The drawback is that all graphics are entered as commands (like a programming language), so there's a bit of a learning curve. The basic gist is the coordinates for all the elements in a diagram are given, and Asymptote draws everything as specified (and smooths curves and all that). I can put together some examples of Asymptote diagrams -- I'll start with the fundamental group article. On the other hand, Inkscape should be fine for just about everything. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Mark Gall (talk)