I'm writing my thesis in the LyX template that's based on Koma-Script book ("scrbook.cls"). I'm using \dedication to add a quote as the motto.

Is there a way to make the font size of this text smaller?

  • You can specify the size as an argument of \dedication. The font size is hard coded in scrbook to \Large May 12, 2013 at 14:04
  • Would that be \dedication[font=small]? Is there a way to change the the settings for \dedication font size in the preamble? - LyX makes it hard to edit code in the template ... May 12, 2013 at 14:37
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    In the preamble you can do \makeatletter\renewcommand{\dedication}[1]{\gdef\@dedication{\normalsize#1}}\make‌​atother May 12, 2013 at 15:04

1 Answer 1



In the next release of KOMA script new font elements are implemented titlehead, author, date, publishers, dedication

Source (German): http://www.komascript.de/releasesvn

(The current version is v3.11b)

First answer:

The font size of \dedication inside KOMA is hard coded. The relevant part of the code is:

  \ifx\@dedication\@empty \else
    {\centering \Large \@dedication \par}%
    \vskip \z@ \@plus3fill
    \if@twoside \next@tpage\cleardoubleemptypage \fi

You can redefine the default definition of \dedication to add some font information. This can be achieved by:

    \gdef\@dedication{\normalsize #1}}

As a first KOMA-Implementation you can use the following definition which allows the font size of dedication to manipulate by setkomafont:

\xpatchcmd{\maketitle}{\Large \@dedication}{\scr@fnt@dedication \@dedication}{}{}

  • 3
    Maybe one should make a feature request for a koma-font »dedication« so that \setkomafont{dedication}{...} would work...
    – cgnieder
    May 24, 2013 at 15:36
  • 2
    @cgnieder: I dropped an email to Markus Kohm. May 24, 2013 at 17:34

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