I would like to insert a bullet to separate the syllables within a word. The word appears in a new font, and I would like the bullet to appear (as in a dictionary) centered within the word.

Neither escaping to math mode (the second line) nor escaping from math mode (third line) works.

How can I reconcile this incompatibility between the text font and the math font?

\newfont{\mynewfont}{pagk8r scaled 3000}


{\mynewfont extra}

{\mynewfont ex}$\bullet${\mynewfont tra}

${\mynewfont ex}\bullet {\mynewfont tra}$


syllable separation


Assuming that \newfont is just for the purpose of the example (it should never be used in LaTeX, it's still defined for backwards compatibility), here's a way:

\newfont{\mynewfont}{pagk8r scaled 3000}



{\mynewfont extra}

{\mynewfont ex\syllmark tra}


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Adjust the amounts of kerning, scaling and raising to suit.

The recommended way for defining the font is to use higher level commands. Since you want Avant Garde at 30pt, do


so you have both

{\bigavantgarde word}


  • Thanks.. I need a pointer: what is the new way for specifying "pagk8r scaled 3000"?
    – Calaf
    Jun 10 '13 at 18:54
  • @Calaf I added the info.
    – egreg
    Jun 10 '13 at 19:19

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