I am authoring a document in IEEE transaction double column format. Inline Math equations are being rendered improperly, mostly there are unwanted spaces between symbols (as I have highlighted below). I understand that Latex has to adjust text spacing to justify the columns. Can there be any means to instruct Latex to split Math mode expressions as well to reduce redundant space insertion?


A bilinear pairing defined to be $ \mathcal{G} = (p,\mathbb{G}_a,\mathbb{G}_b,\mathbb{G}_T,e,P_a,P_b)$ where we choose $\mathbb{G}_a=\langle P_a \rangle$

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    If the output is wrong, usually it means the input is wrong, so if you want help it is more useful to show your input than your output. Preferably a complete small document that reproduces the problem. – David Carlisle Apr 12 '15 at 9:10
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    LaTeX does split math mode expressions but only at certain points. By default there is no break at commas. Try adding an \allowbreak in the list expression, and/or have a look at tex.stackexchange.com/q/1959/15925 – Andrew Swann Apr 12 '15 at 9:10
  • Please post the code that you used to generate this screenshot. – Mico Apr 12 '15 at 9:11
  • I have updated the post with an MWE. – Holmes.Sherlock Apr 12 '15 at 9:34
  • Out of curiosity: Why do you place [10pt] after {IEEEtran}? – Mico Apr 12 '15 at 9:42

I think you have two options:

  • Insert one or more judiciously chosen \allowbreak directives inside the inline math equation to allow line breaks after one of the commas, or

  • Convert the inline equation to a displayed equation, as (i) the equation may be sufficiently important to merit this treatment and (ii) you're dealing with fairly narrow columns.

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\usepackage{amsfonts} % for "\mathbb" macro

A bilinear pairing defined to be
$\mathcal{G}=(p, \mathbb{G}_a, \mathbb{G}_b, \mathbb{G}_T, e, \allowbreak P_a, \allowbreak P_b)$, 
where we choose $\mathbb{G}_a=\langle P_a\rangle$, \dots

\begin{center} --------- or --------- \end{center}  % just for visual interest

A bilinear pairing defined to be
\mathcal{G}=(p, \mathbb{G}_a, \mathbb{G}_b, \mathbb{G}_T, e, P_a, P_b)\,,
where we choose $\mathbb{G}_a=\langle P_a\rangle$, \dots

Addendum, inspired by a comment by Manuel. While it may be a bit overkill for the immediate example at hand, it may be useful to have a function or macro which enables line breaks after commas when in math mode. If switching to LuaLaTeX is an option for you, the following code should be of interest to you. It sets up two TeX macros named \breakatcommas and \nobreakatcommas which enable and suppress, respectively, line breaking at commas. Issue \breakatcommas before the line(s) that should permit this kind of line breaking, and issue \nobreakcommas after the line(s) in question.

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% !TEX TS-program = lualatex
\usepackage{amsfonts} % for '\mathbb' macro

function breakatcommas ( line )
    line = string.gsub ( line, ",", ",\\allowbreak" )
    return line
    ( "process_input_buffer", breakatcommas, "breakatcommas") }}
    ( "process_input_buffer", "breakatcommas") }}

A bilinear pairing defined to be
$\mathcal{G}=(p, \mathbb{G}_a, \mathbb{G}_b, \mathbb{G}_T, e, P_a, P_b)$ 
where we choose $\mathbb{G}_a=\langle P_a \rangle$, \dots
  • +1 There's also: create a command that enables automatically breaking at commas like $G = (\breakatcommas{a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i})$. – Manuel Apr 12 '15 at 10:16
  • @Manuel - I've provided an addendum to set up a LuaLaTeX-based solution to your "challenge". Feel free to post additional solutions. :-) – Mico Apr 12 '15 at 12:06

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