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Re: typesetting piecewise function

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  • Subject: [mg19774] Re: typesetting piecewise function
  • From: "Stephen P Luttrell" <luttrell at>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Sep 1999 01:36:35 -0400
  • Organization: Defence Evaluation and Research Agency
  • References: <7rnkf4$>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

> I use Mathematica 4 for a lot of my technical writing. One common
> problem I have is defining a piecewise function. In mathematical
> notation one commonly uses a large opening curly brace with all the
> cases listed to the right. In Mathematica I can try to do this but the
> curly brace does not scale to the full hight of the matrix of cases on
> the right. Here is an example

Use SpanMaxSize->Infinity.

You can do this as follows:

1. Select the relevant cell.
2. Start the option inspector (ctrl+shift+O in Windows, at least).
3. Walk down the tree: Formatting Options | Expression Formatting | Spanning
Character Options.
4. Then set SpanMaxSize --> Infinity (it's one of the options offered as

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