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A modified StyleSheet results in FontSize fluctuations in the pdf

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  • Subject: [mg110648] A modified StyleSheet results in FontSize fluctuations in the pdf
  • From: Alexei Boulbitch <alexei.boulbitch at>
  • Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2010 08:05:04 -0400 (EDT)

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

Alexei Boulbitch, Dr. habil.
Senior Scientist
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