[texhax] long curly braces in an equation

Uwe Lück uwe.lueck at web.de
Wed Jul 13 13:03:39 CEST 2005


At 07:38 12.07.05, Konstantin Karapetyan wrote:

>S:= \begin{cases}
>i = 0..M,\quad j =0..N  & \text{for }M >N \\
>i=0..M,\quad j=0..M & \text{for }N > M
> > if i have an equation like this:
> > S:=(i,j) s.t. {i = 0..M, j =0..N       for M >N
> >                     {i=0..M, j=0..M        for N > M
> > I wan to write one long curly brace on the left and have both lines in
> > it.  any idea?

LaTeX also contains \cases from Plain TeX. So you could type

S:=(i,j) s.t. \cases{i=0..M etc.&for M>N\cr i=0..M etc.&for N\geq M}

I guess it's the \cr why this is kept secret in LaTeX manuals.
Moreover, it doesn't work as soon as amsmath.sty or amstex.sty
is loaded ;-)
And the AMS solution is more flexible. Its definition is just
three lines, without any prerequisites, so I would just copy it
into my file. ("courtesy"?)

Lucky typesetting,

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