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I'm working on my thesis, and I've realized that, any time I try to use \( \)-type inline delimiters in captions, that pdflatex breaks. While I can weasel out of actually \needing\ math in my captions, it's very inconvenient. I'm pretty perplexed.

Here's a (relatively) minimal example that breaks for me:


\usepackage{graphicx} % Graphics stuff



\caption{\(\theta \)}


Here's a sample of the output:

! LaTeX Error: Bad math environment delimiter.

See the LaTeX manual or LaTeX Companion for explanation. Type H for immediate help. ...

l.1 ...k or to continue without it.}}}{2}

? ! Extra }, or forgotten $. ...r to continue without it.}}

l.1 ...k or to continue without it.}}}{2}


Some things:

  • uafthesis is the unofficial official document class for my university. It has been written mostly by physics grad students by hacking at other document classes. My fork is here.

  • This only happens if I include amsmath.

  • The minimal example and the resulting log file are gisted here.

I'm defending tomorrow, and I have to turn in my thesis pretty soon, so hopefully we can figure this out within a day or so! If not, I understand, and thanks anyway.

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I asked irc://freenode.com/#latex, and they said to use the fixltx2e package, or alternately, to use dollar signs instead. Also learned that article has \listoffigures.

Derp. Oh well.

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fixltx2e makes several other things robust as well. See this question. – TH. Apr 4 '11 at 6:58
Also, you should accept your answer. – TH. Apr 4 '11 at 6:59
@TH. self-accepting is only available 48h after the question has been posted. – Caramdir Apr 4 '11 at 16:07
@Caramdir: Oh. Well, in that case, he should accept in 38 hours. – TH. Apr 4 '11 at 16:10

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