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Re: A modified StyleSheet results in FontSize fluctuations in the pdf

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  • From: Larry Adelston <larrya at>
  • Date: Thu, 1 Jul 2010 08:28:31 -0400 (EDT)

Dear Alexei,

I've filed a bug report with regard your FontSize issue in the  
JournalArticle stylesheet. It will be fixed in version 8. In the  
meantime you can try the following workaround:

1. Copy/Paste the following notebook expression into Mathematica:

     StyleDefinitions ->
      FrontEnd`FileName[{"Article"}, "JournalArticle.nb",
       CharacterEncoding -> "UTF-8"]]],
   Cell[CellGroupData[{Cell["Environment Styles", "Section"],
      Cell[StyleData[All, "Printout"], Magnification -> 1.]}, Open]],
   Cell[CellGroupData[{Cell["Styles for Input and Output Cells",  
         Cell[StyleData["Input", "Printout"], FontSize -> 10]}, Open]],
         Cell[StyleData["InputOnly", "Printout"], FontSize -> 10]},  
         Cell[StyleData["Code", "Printout"], FontSize -> 10]}, Open]],
         Cell[StyleData["Output", "Printout"], FontSize -> 10]},  
     Open]]}, WindowSize -> {640, 722},
  WindowMargins -> {{256, Automatic}, {Automatic, 50}},
  FrontEndVersion -> "7.0 for Mac OS X PowerPC (32-bit) (February 18,  
  StyleDefinitions -> "PrivateStylesheetFormatting.nb"]

2. A dialog box will open asking if you want to interpret the text.  
Click Yes.

3. A new stylesheet will appear. This is the stylesheet you will use  
in place of JournalArticle. The new stylesheet refers to  
JournalArticle, however. So I in order for the new stylesheet to work  
correctly, your JournalArticle stylesheet should be unmodified.

4. Save the new stylesheet by either of the following 2 methods:
method 1:
a. Click "Install Stylesheet ..." which is a button that appears at  
the top of the new stylesheet
b. In the Install dialog:
* set Type to Stylesheet,
* set Source to the name that appears on the stylesheets title bar  
(e.g., Untitled-2)
* for Install Name type JournalArticleAlt
* for Default Installation Directory choose Your user Mathematica base  
* finally, click Finish twice. Note, Finish will appear grayed out  
before your first click. It is still clickable.

method 2 (saving the stylesheet file):
a. To determine the correct location in which to save the stylesheet,  
open a new notebook and evaluate:
FileNameJoin[{$UserBaseDirectory, "SystemFiles", "FrontEnd",  
b. Save the file by choosing File > Save
c. In the Save dialog box:
* type the name of the stylesheet file: JournalArticleAlt.nb
* select the directory location that was determined from your  
* click the Save button
d. Restart Mathematica

5. You can apply the new stylesheet called "JournalArticleAlt" by  
choosing Format > Stylesheet > JournalArticleAlt. Note, if  
JournalArticleAlt is not an available selection, try restarting  


On Jun 30, 2010, at 7:05 AM, Alexei Boulbitch wrote:

> Dear Community,
> I need to write documents and spread them in the  pdf format, while I
> would like to keep them for myself as the Mathematica notebooks
> containing all calculations and codes. For this purposes I like the
> JournalArticle format that meets all my requirements, except for the
> problem that the fonts there are too small. If you save such an  
> article
> as a pdf, and then print it, you cannot read the text, since the  
> letters
> size is much too small to see them with the bare eye. For this  
> reason I
> often get objections, since if I cannot provide an easily readable
> document, I should use MS Word instead.
> To solve this I slightly modified the JourmalArticle format, by simply
> increasing the FontSize of the Text to 16 pts, and also some other
> FontSizes correspondingly. I also did few other minor changes, like a
> change of the Font of Formula.
> Now comes the problem and my question:
> 1. When I now produced the notebook using this new style and transform
> it into pdf, most of the chapters have the FontSize 16 as expected,  
> but
> few others - 14 pts.  This is not wanted. When I check in the original
> notebook, the FontSize is 16 in the chapter that as shown in 16 pts as
> well as in that shown in 14 pts.
> 2. When I check the FontSize of various chapters in the notebook, some
> of them are 16, but some others are 14 pts. The strange thing here is
> that they
> a) visually have the same size of the letters in the notebook (but you
> see different figures when going to Menu/Format/FontSize), and
> b) may be shown in equal size in pdf, while some of those that have  
> the
> "legitimate" FontSize 16 in the notebook may appear smaller in pdf,  
> as I
> already reported.
> Do you have any idea, what is it, and what to do?
> I can send the notebooks with the style and the article, if any of you
> finds it helpful.
> Regards, Alexei
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