[OS X TeX] multiline bracket in a table, text in math mode?

Ross Moore ross at ics.mq.edu.au
Wed Oct 4 18:57:20 EDT 2006

> Hi Cyril,

On 05/10/2006, at 12:14 AM, Cyril wrote:

> Thanks for the many answers! I still have not reached the exact  
> result, so I'm still trying.

Using math-mode is quite mis-guided, as it affects the
spacing in many ways that are hard to control.

Xy-pic is designed to handle such things more accurately.
e.g.  try this:



Your attempt using arrays in math:
\[ il  \left. \begin{array} {ccc}		
		est content \\ sera content \\ serait content
	\end{array} \right\} que vous soyez là

Using \Xy-pic:

\begin{xy}*!D(.08)\xybox{*!U+<6pt,3.5pt>!C[F\}]\txt{est content \\  
sera content \\ serait content}}\end{xy}
\ que vous soyez l\`a.

\emph{Tweak the numbers to get the exact positioning that you desire,
according to the font-size that you use.}


(I tried to send a picture, from TeXshop,
but the list didn't allow it.
So you'll need to process the above coding.)

> 4 oct. 06, at 21:00, Herbert Schulz wrote:
>> Use the amsmath package and then
>> \[ \text{il}  \left. \text{\begin{tabular} {ccc}		
>> 		est content \\ sera content \\ serait content
>> 	\end{tabular}} \right\} \text{que vous soyez là} \]
> Works nicely on its own, but I was not able to insert it into  
> another tabular. Is it possible to nest a table inside another one?  
> I was not able to find info on that in my LaTeX books.

Xy-pic combines well with other (La)TeX structures,
though may require some experimenting and tweaking
of numerical parameters.

> I also tried to go a different route, with tables. It works more or  
> less, but I have the same problem as with the previous solution:  
> the text of the left-most cell is higher than the following two,  
> which start at the level of the last line of the left-most cell.
> \begin{table}[ht]
> \begin{minipage}[b]{0.25\columnwidth}%
> \emph{Simultanéité} du verbe \\subordonné par rapport\\ au verbe  
> principal
> \end{minipage}
> \begin{minipage}[b]{0.25\columnwidth}%
> \[ \text{il}  \left. \text{\begin{tabular} {ccc}		
> 		est content \\ sera content \\ serait content
> 	\end{tabular}} \right\} \text{que vous soyez là} \]
> \end{minipage}
> \hfill%
> \begin{minipage}[b]{0.33\columnwidth}%
> \[ \text{il}  \left. \text{\begin{tabular} {cc}		
> 		était content \\ a été content
> 	\end{tabular}} \right\} \text{que vous soyez là} \]
> \end{minipage}
> \end{table}

\emph{Simultanéité} du verbe\\
subordonné par rapport\\
au verbe principal}}%
il \begin{xy}*!D(.06)\xybox{*!U+<6pt,3.5pt>!C[F\}]\txt{%
est content \\ sera content \\ serait content}%
}\end{xy}\ \ que vous soyez là
il $\left.\begin{xy}*!D(.15)\xybox{*!C\txt{%
était content \\ a été content}%
}\end{xy}\right\}$\ que vous soyez là

Hope this helps,


Ross Moore                                         ross at maths.mq.edu.au
Mathematics Department                             office: E7A-419
Macquarie University                               tel: +61 +2 9850 8955
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