[texhax] Amstex problem: sideset or operatorname

Philip G. Ratcliffe philip.ratcliffe at fastwebnet.it
Mon Jul 2 01:22:27 CEST 2007

> I am trying to use the \sideset option to create a macro 
> which prints one argument (say v) inside brackets, with a 
> "subscript", on the left of the left bracket.  The code for 
> the macro is
> **************************************************************
> \newcommand{\matrepvec}[2]{\ensuremath{\sideset{_{#1}}{}{\oper
atorname{\lbrack #2\rbrack}}}}
> **************************************************************
> It gives me the effect I want, but has curious behavior with 
> respect to variable #2:  when I 
> invoke 
> $\matrepvec{B}{\vec{v}}$
> I get not v surmounted by an arrow, but v tilde (or something 
> like it) inside the brackets.  What is causing this?

Well, that's what you get for "misusing" macros (the ams manual does warn

Try looking at the "tensor" package; the following should then provide what
you want:

\newcommand{\matrepvec}[2]{\ensuremath{\tensor[_{#1}]{\lbrack #2\rbrack}{}}}

And if you want the letter "v" in Roman and not math italics (you did notice
that didn't you?*) then use, eg,


Cheers,  Phil

* Can you guess what the problem is now?

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