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In the following image there are two different styles used for matrix index l. The first one is the default one. How can one get the second one?

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The code is for the first equation is

$\sum_{kl}V_{ki}V_{lj}A_{kl}$
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The symbol is called \ell, but I would recommend not using it, at least in that context where a normal "l" is not subject to confusion. On older typescripts it was difficult to distinguish between "l" and "1", so many took the habit of using a different letterform for "l". –  egreg Jan 27 '12 at 16:48
    
Related: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/479/lowercase-mathcal –  N.N. Jan 27 '12 at 16:48
    
I'm not sure which difference you mean. You obtain the 2nd one by 1) using \ell as egreg suggests and 2) removing all \rm{...} from your code and removing \, from the end: $\sum_{k\ell}V_{ki}V_{\ell j}A_{k\ell}.$ –  yo' Jan 27 '12 at 16:52
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@egreg I prefer $\ell$ over $l$, I really want to avoid the confusion, especially when half of the digits in the manuscript are 1. –  yo' Jan 27 '12 at 16:53
    
@tohecz "l" is slanted enough not to be confused with "1"; but it's question of personal tastes, mainly. Talking about high quality printing, \ell should not be necessary at all. –  egreg Jan 27 '12 at 16:58

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The symbol is called \ell, but I would recommend not using it, at least in that context where a normal l (italic ell) is not subject to confusion. On older typescripts it was difficult to distinguish between l (italic ell) and 1 (one), so many took the habit of using a different letterform for l (italic ell).

$\sum_{k\ell}V_{ki}V_{\ell j}A_{k\ell}$
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In my opinion \ell makes matrix equations easier to read. –  liberias Jan 27 '12 at 17:24

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