I am using the following syntax in my document's preamble :


Question is, must I use \begin{math} \*symbol* \end{math] every time I type in a symbol ? Or am I missing an easier way to insert symbols ?

I tried looking online before posting but haven't found an answer.

  • 2
    Are you concerned with math-related symbols? If so, using either $<symbol macro>$ or \(<symbol macro>\) will work. There also plenty text-mode symbols; for those, it's not necessary to enter math mode. – Mico Apr 22 '13 at 2:24
  • @Mico Suggested by OP to be an answer. I am rather young here, so I am afraid that I can act against the rules, when I incorporate your comment into my answer, as suggested by NLed. – Przemysław Scherwentke Apr 22 '13 at 2:33
  • @PrzemysławScherwentke - Not to worry: Just augment your answer, per the OP's suggestion, to mention the \( ... \) method. – Mico Apr 22 '13 at 2:34
  • @PrzemysławScherwentke you could also mention that $...$ is robust, but \(...\) is fragile. – Gonzalo Medina Apr 22 '13 at 2:39
  • It's encouraging, in a way, to see that someone, at least, seems to be learning LaTeX from a source that completely eschews plain TeX constructs; it's too easy to learn a muddle of deprecated hacks from internet references. The question is, what source would consider \begin{math} to be the sole math-mode delimiter? That's just perverse. – Ryan Reich Apr 22 '13 at 2:41

No. You can use $...$; for example, $\heartsuit$. Another simple method -- also mentioned in @Mico's comment -- is to use \(...\): \( \heartsuit \).

  • Thank you very much. You might want to add what Mico posted above too for other people to see. – Razor Apr 22 '13 at 2:26
  • I've taken the liberty of editing your answer to streamline the reference to the \( ... \) method. :-) – Mico Apr 22 '13 at 17:08

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.