I know that I cannot join non-endnodes in Inkscape due to the SVG spec.

I know how to join two different nodes into one merged one ( How to Connect Bezier Curves in Inkscape? ).

But how can I join three end point of this

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into a single end point? I want to be able to move either entire line, or just shared node without breaking T junction apart.

I even tried selecting separate color for each way, but it seems impossible to merge nodes without merging lines.

To avoid XY-problem: I want to make lines between other lines that reach them exactly. Neither going farther, neither going too close. SVG image will be send to a laser cutter, so I prefer to be 100% exact.

In addition I want to keep further modification easy. I want to be able to move grouped object and move all attached ways with it, stretching them as needed.

I thought that I can achieve this by merging nodes.

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You can't join 3 end nodes together. It's not possible. You can only join 2. It's not because of the SVG format, it's because a vector can only have two end nodes, i.e. a start and an end point.

Perhaps you could enable snapping to achieve exact placement of the nodes.

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Once placed, you could select all the end nodes and move as one, but there's no way to group or merge 3 end nodes.

  • How did you manage to create the gif?
    – Adriano
    Commented Dec 18, 2019 at 0:15
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    @Adriano I used screen capture software called ShareX, which has a GIF recording function.
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Dec 18, 2019 at 0:23
  • Cheers, mate! :)
    – Adriano
    Commented Dec 18, 2019 at 0:29
  • "it's because a vector can only have two end nodes, i.e. a start and an end point" Lets say that we have ways A, B, C and nodes N1, N2, N3, NS. way A leading from N1 to NS, way B leading N2 to NS, way C leading from N3 to NS has shared node NS and each vector has a start node and an end node. I am not saying that it is possible, but it seems to not be the reason. Commented Dec 18, 2019 at 11:59
  • @MateuszKonieczny There's no such thing as a "shared node" in Inkscape. You seem to be trying to come up with some method that doesn't exist to solve a problem you don't know how to solve. To be honest, that would seem to be the definition of an XY Problem which you said you were trying to avoid.
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Dec 18, 2019 at 13:39

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