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I want to create boxes (\Box) and diamonds (\Diamond) with letter and other symbols insider them. I've achieved something, but the result is ok-ish:

$\Box \!\!\! _ {^{_ {^{_{^a}}}}}$
$\Diamond \!\!\! _ {^{_ {^{_{^a}}}}}$
$\Box\!\!\! _{^{ _{^\heartsuit}}}$

Does anyone have a good tip to make it looks better?

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A simple solution for single characters in the box and diamond. Play around with the setting \setlength\fboxsep{2pt} inside macros




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I can't make the code shorter, but it might be more readable and reliable.

    \hfil$\vcenter{\hbox{$\scriptstyle #2$}}$\hfil}}
$\inBox{a}, \inDiamond{a}, \inBox\heartsuit$

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\ooalign is used by LaTeX kernel to merge symbols. Commands like \textcircled are defined with it.

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nice solution!! – Herbert May 5 '11 at 12:27

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