[OS X TeX] Ordinary text within a formula

Maarten Sneep maarten.sneep at xs4all.nl
Wed Aug 11 04:43:19 EDT 2004

On 11 Aug. 2004, at 7:18, Will Robertson wrote:

> I'm not sure I understand the question properly.
> Does $\text{two--by--three}$ do it?
> (If \text{} doesn't work, try \mbox{})

\text{...} is part of the amsmath package (recommended for serious 
mathematical typesetting). The advantage of \text{...} over \mbox{...} 
is that text takes on the typographic properties of its location:
$P_{\text{tot}}$ will give tot in \scriptsize, with \mbox{...} you'd 
have to write: $P_{\mbox{\scriptsize tot}}$.


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