[texhax] parenthesis problem in LaTeX

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Wed Jan 14 06:48:20 CET 2009

Tom Schneider writes:
 > Here's a puzzle for the sharp folks on this list!

Hi Tom,
the problem is obviously that unlike "silent", the word "ring"
contains the letter "g" which has a descender, as Steve explained

How can you achieve that all braces have the same size?  There are
many possible solutions.  You could use struts or phantoms.

However, there is a very elegant solution.  All *tex programs except
Knuth's tex itself are using the eTeX extensions for a couple of years

$ pdftex \\relax\\bye
This is pdfTeXk, Version 3.1415926-1.40.9 (Web2C 7.5.7)
 %&-line parsing enabled.
entering extended mode  <===========
No pages of output.
Transcript written on texput.log.

You are using \left and \right already, but eTeX provides a new
primitive called \middle.  See:


section 3.9 on page 12.


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