This is admittedly a bit of an abuse of MathJax, but I'm trying to use it to draw lines to connect dots within a rectangular array.

I can easily get an array of dots, but I can't figure out a way to draw lines connecting them:

$$ \begin{matrix} \bullet&\bullet&\bullet\\ \bullet&\bullet&\bullet\\ \bullet&\bullet&\bullet\\ \end{matrix} $$

I tried horizontal and vertical strikeouts, but they don't span from one array element to the next, and they also overlap the corners:

$$\require{enclose} \begin{matrix} \enclose{verticalstrike,horizontalstrike}{\bullet}&\enclose{verticalstrike,horizontalstrike}{\bullet}&\bullet&\\ \enclose{verticalstrike,horizontalstrike}{\bullet}&\enclose{verticalstrike,horizontalstrike}{\bullet}&\bullet\\ \bullet&\bullet&\bullet\\ \end{matrix} $$

I'm trying to accomplish something like this:

enter image description here

Is this possible using MathJax?

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    $\begingroup$ Sorry, you have the wrong website. This site, meta.math.stackexchange.com, is for discussing math.stackexchange.com. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 2, 2015 at 22:39
  • $\begingroup$ @GerryMyerson I understand that, but there seem to be many other MathJax-related questions here, and there's even a tag for them. How does this question differ from those? $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 2, 2015 at 22:40
  • $\begingroup$ A question about how MathJax is implemented on math.stackexchange.com could be on-topic. That's the difference. Have you considered tex.stackexchange? I don't know anything about that site, but it might be worth a look. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 2, 2015 at 22:44
  • $\begingroup$ @GerryMyerson Thanks for the clarification. I have edited my question accordingly. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 2, 2015 at 22:48
  • $\begingroup$ Editing out the reference to Puzzling.se doesn't suddenly make your question on-topic for meta.math.se $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 2, 2015 at 22:48
  • $\begingroup$ @GerryMyerson I will check out Tex.SE as well. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 2, 2015 at 22:49
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    $\begingroup$ @GerryMyerson For the most part, MathJax is off-topic on TeX - LaTeX since it's not TeX or its variants. $\endgroup$
    – user147263
    Commented Nov 2, 2015 at 22:50
  • $\begingroup$ @GerryMyerson I understand, and will try elsewhere. However, if this question had originally appeared here in its current form, would you have thought it off-topic? $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 2, 2015 at 22:51
  • $\begingroup$ Even in its current form, it doesn't relate to math.se, so (in my opinion) it's off-topic on meta.math.se. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 3, 2015 at 0:46
  • $\begingroup$ Have you looked at the huge Mathjax thread on this meta? amscd (for commutative diagrams) is likely as good as it's going to get (but would leave gaps), unless you spend hours going crazy with v and hskips or some other terrible thing. $\endgroup$
    – pjs36
    Commented Nov 3, 2015 at 5:35
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    $\begingroup$ Just use Inkscape, GIMP, Paint, whatever you want. MathJaX simply isn't designed for this. Maybe you'll manage to get what you want, but it will be through horrible tricks that will take hours to achieve when it would take minutes to produce the same picture with usual drawing software. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 3, 2015 at 8:35
  • $\begingroup$ This is somewhat related: Is there a way to draw a graph (vertices & edges) in LaTeX on this website?. (Ant try to have a look at other posts shown among linked and related questions in the sidebar.) $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 3, 2015 at 12:48
  • $\begingroup$ Some very simple graphs can probably be drawn as commutative diagrams. It is possible to create some simple commutative diagrams using MathJax, but the possibilities are rather limited: How to draw a commutative diagram?. This answer links a website where you can use xypic syntax to create commutative diagrams online. (And then you can embed them as a picture.) $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 3, 2015 at 12:51


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