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Re: special character size

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  • Subject: [mg123024] Re: special character size
  • From: Dushan Mitrovich <dushanm at>
  • Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2011 04:25:40 -0500 (EST)
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Gary wrote:
> Instead of changing the font size in the cell to see larger entry
> text, I use Magnification in the Windows menu. It appears to affect
> Roman and Greek text equally.
> OS X 10.6.8, Mathematica 8
Gary, thanks for the suggestion.  It led me to run a series of 
experiments, whose results at first were confusing (part of the delay in 
responding).  Now I think I've got a bit of a handle on the problem. 
The handle, unfortunately, rather than being a solution, points to a bug 
in Mathematica's (version 8.0.4) printing system, at least as manifested 
on my machine running Mac OS X.6.8.

On a test notebook page I placed an Input cell and three Text cells 
(which included in-line expressions).  The expression Input cell was in 
Courier 12 pt; the Text cells had identical content and differed only in 
font size: 10 pt, 11 pt, and 12 pt.  Three typefaces were tried: Monaco, 
Menlo, and Courier.  On screen the text in the Text cells varied in size 
just as you'd expect, increasing about 10% for each point increase in 
size.  But in every case and all typefaces tried, when printed on my 
LaserJet, the text of the 11 pt Text cell was significantly bigger than 
that of the 12 pt Text cell.

This test was done with Option Inspector magnification set to 1.25 and 
the screen window magnification (lower right box in the window frame) 
set to 1.00.  With these reversed, the results were unchanged.

If anyone has any suggestions for getting around this quirk, I'd sure 
like to learn it.

- Dushan
     (reverse middle word in address to reply)

> On Nov 15, 2:53 am, Dushan Mitrovich<dush... at>  wrote:
>> When writing text in a notebook I use a font size that's easy for me to
>> see (11).  But when I enter special characters, such as Greek, they
>> appear quite a bit smaller, so I have to highlight them and increase
>> their size (Cmd-= on a Mac).  In Option Inspector if I increase the
>> FontSize, it increases everything including the plain text.  What's the
>> recommended way to get more uniformity in character size?

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