This is maybe just me being unable to find the corresponding part of the manual, but I'd expect relsize's \smaller or \relsize{-1} to have the same effect as using \small inside normal-sized text. However, both seem to result in the equivalent of \footnotesize.





    \texttt{\small k1}: \texttt{\smaller k1} \textsmaller{\texttt{k1}} \texttt{\relsize{-1} k1} \texttt{\relsize{0} k1} \texttt{\footnotesize k1}


Result, where I'd expect all but the last two (which I included only for comparison) to be the same size:

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The \relsize{-1} command takes the current size and divides it by 1.2; then the nearest available font size is chosen. Since 10/1.2=8.33333, eight point size (that is \footnotesize) is picked up.

You can do, as explained in the package documentation, \relsize{-0.5}, in order to get nine point size when the current size is ten point.

  • Thanks for clearing that up! Just out of curiosity, is there a way to really replicate the one-step-smaller behavior without knowing the specific font sizes?
    – rainer
    Jun 6, 2013 at 11:43
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    @rainer -- possibly not useful for you, but amsart and other ams document classes define \smaller and \larger to take an optional argument that proceeds using the "defined" sizes, so \smaller[1] steps down from 10 to 9pt (one size), \larger[2] steps up from 10 to 12pt (two sizes), etc. relsize also allows use of the optional argument, but the progression is different, as pointed out by egreg. Jun 6, 2013 at 12:30
  • @barbarabeeton It's a pity that Leslie didn't think to parameterize the predefined font sizes.
    – egreg
    Jun 6, 2013 at 12:39
  • @barbarabeeton Thanks, but as you guessed, I have to use a different document class.
    – rainer
    Jun 6, 2013 at 14:13

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