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Re: special character size

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  • Subject: [mg123154] Re: special character size
  • From: Dushan Mitrovich <dushanm at>
  • Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2011 07:00:33 -0500 (EST)
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James Stein wrote:
> Some printers, with a limited repertoire of fonts, substitute a font they
> have for a similar requested font.  Perhaps this problem is with the
> printer?  If so, that would explain why some have the problem and others
> don't.
Good point.  So I checked by performing the same test using OpenOffice 
and LibreOffice.  From those the printed font sizes were just what you'd 
expect, not anomalous as resulted from Mathematica.  So it looks like 
the latter really is the culprit.

- Dushan

> On Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 1:25 AM, Dushan Mitrovich<dushanm at>  wrote:
>> 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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