I want to use the \rightarrow without the \mathit command. Here is what I want to write: [ID, List of symbols] \rightarrow Sequence of rules but when I write it using \mathit command all the spaces are collapsed.

(\mathit{[ID, List of symbols]  \rightarrow  Sequence of rules }\)

How do I correct this?

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    Why is it in math mode in the first place? – Werner May 9 '13 at 20:27
  • Use text or textit (or a combination of both) (and also what Werner said???) – Sean Allred May 9 '13 at 20:27
  • I get a "! Missing $ inserted" error – Bruce May 9 '13 at 20:31
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    @bruce: Use [ID, List of symbols] $\rightarrow$ Sequence of rules – Werner May 9 '13 at 20:38

Make the text parts of your formula text instead of maths

$\hbox{[ID, List of symbols]} \rightarrow \hbox{Sequence of rules}$

or if you prefex "proper" LaTeX and you have the amsmath package loaded to give you the \text command

\(\text{[ID, List of symbols]} \rightarrow \text{Sequence of rules}\)

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