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Help with \left and \right

I like to use the following command

\newcommand{\set}[1]{\left\{#1\right\}}

Hence \set{1,2,3} is typeset as

{1,2,3}

My problem is that the useage of \left...\right dosen't allow
linebreaks in between the delimiters. Hence I often get overfull hbox
warnings and lines continuing too far into the margin. The alternative
is to define \set without using \left and \right and loose the nice
feature of always have the brackets being the right size when used in
displayed equations.

What I would like to do is define \set to use \left...\right if it is
used in displaymath mode and use \{...\} if it is in text or math mode.
Is there a way to do this without having to define two different
commands?

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SomeGuy wrote:
> I like to use the following command
> 
> \newcommand{\set}[1]{\left\{#1\right\}}
> 
> Hence \set{1,2,3} is typeset as
> 
> {1,2,3}
> 
> My problem is that the useage of \left...\right dosen't allow
> linebreaks in between the delimiters. Hence I often get overfull hbox
> warnings and lines continuing too far into the margin. The alternative
> is to define \set without using \left and \right and loose the nice
> feature of always have the brackets being the right size when used in
> displayed equations.
> 
> What I would like to do is define \set to use \left...\right if it is
> used in displaymath mode and use \{...\} if it is in text or math mode.
> Is there a way to do this without having to define two different
> commands?
> 

well, this will not auto scale but it is help full none the less

use the mathtools package, and then

\DeclarePairedDelimiter\set{\{}{\}}


now

\set{x,y}        = \{x,y\}
\set[\big]{x,y}  = \bigl\{x,y\bigr\}
....
\set[\Bigg]{x,y} = \Biggl\{x,y\Biggr\}
\set*{x,y}       = \left\{x,y\right\}



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daleif2 (2648)
6/13/2006 8:25:03 AM
> use the mathtools package, and then
>
> \DeclarePairedDelimiter\set{\{}{\}}
>
>
> now
>
> \set{x,y}        = \{x,y\}
> \set[\big]{x,y}  = \bigl\{x,y\bigr\}
> ...
> \set[\Bigg]{x,y} = \Biggl\{x,y\Biggr\}
> \set*{x,y}       = \left\{x,y\right\}
>

Thanks. That helps a lot.

I'm going to see if I can trap certain environments like equation and
align.

Something like this

\DeclarePairedDelimiter\setbrackets{\{}{\}}
\newcommand{\set}[1]{ \setbrackets{#1}}

\newenvironment{Equation}
                { \renewcommand{\set}[1]{\setbrackets*{#1}
\begin{equation} }
                { \renewcommand{\set}[1]{\setbrackets{#1}
\end{equation} }

However I'd have to define this for every environment that uses
displaymath (and their * versions too).

0
6/13/2006 9:45:19 PM
SomeGuy wrote:
>> use the mathtools package, and then
>>
>> \DeclarePairedDelimiter\set{\{}{\}}
>>
>>
>> now
>>
>> \set{x,y}        = \{x,y\}
>> \set[\big]{x,y}  = \bigl\{x,y\bigr\}
>> ...
>> \set[\Bigg]{x,y} = \Biggl\{x,y\Biggr\}
>> \set*{x,y}       = \left\{x,y\right\}
>>
> 
> Thanks. That helps a lot.
> 
> I'm going to see if I can trap certain environments like equation and
> align.
> 
> Something like this
> 
> \DeclarePairedDelimiter\setbrackets{\{}{\}}
> \newcommand{\set}[1]{ \setbrackets{#1}}
> 
> \newenvironment{Equation}
>                 { \renewcommand{\set}[1]{\setbrackets*{#1}
> \begin{equation} }
>                 { \renewcommand{\set}[1]{\setbrackets{#1}
> \end{equation} }
> 
> However I'd have to define this for every environment that uses
> displaymath (and their * versions too).
> 

blindly using \left\right in displayed math is generally not a good idea.


\left(\sum_{\substack{i<j\\i\in K}}\right)

/daleif




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