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Re: special character size

I just tried your experiment in my PC with Mathematica 8.0.4 running
under Windows Vista. The results were as expected: the first cell(input) was in 12 point Courier, and the three text cells (in Times New Roman) printed (in my Lex mark injet printer) exactly as formatted: 12 point, 11 point and 10 point. Each of them had some text ("this is a text") and included the expression typed in the input cell (Sin[theta] Exp[-theta], where theta is in Greek). I couldn't detect anything wrong with it. Perhaps you could describe in detail the formatting steps you used. I think the magnification has nothing to do with the problem.

> Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2011 04:25:40 -0500
> From: dushanm at
> Subject: Re: special character size
> To: mathgroup at
> 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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