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While using lucida fonts, I have big problems with the height of the horizontal line of the radix or root symbol. Sometimes \[ \sqrt[x^2 + x} \] comes out allright, but for example, in a fraction \[ \frac{x^2 + x}{x^2 + x} \], the exponents "2" stick literally to the horizontal radix line. I tried to fix that using a vertical strut

$\newcommand{\S}{\rule[0pt]{0pt}{1.6 ex}}$  

and variants of it and write

\[ \frac{ \sqrt{\S x^2 + x} }{ \sqrt{\S x^2 + x} } \] 

but this does not help. Does anyone have better ideas?

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    Welcome to TeX.SX! Especially with font questions it is never a bad idea to add an MWE that reproduces the issue and maybe even a picture of the output, so we can compare what we get with what you see. – moewe Apr 29 '15 at 6:55
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    I can't really see the issue: look at this picture. – egreg Apr 29 '15 at 11:21
  • @egreg -- op is using lucida fonts. lucida dimensions are rather different from those of cm. – barbara beeton Apr 29 '15 at 16:04
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With the Lucida Math font (for pdflatex), here's what I get from the following code

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{amsmath}
\usepackage{lucimatx}

\begin{document}

\[ \frac{ \sqrt{x^2 + x} }{ \sqrt{x^2 + x} } \]

\[ \frac{ \sqrt{\mathstrut x^{2} + x} }{ \sqrt{x^{\mathstrut 2} + x} } \]

\end{document}

enter image description here

I don't find the first display particularly squashed together; the impression might be given when looking at the result at low resolution (that is, on the screen without magnification).

In the second display I suggest two (manual) methods for obtaining more room.

If I use the OpenType version, I get from

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{amsmath}

\usepackage{unicode-math}
\setmathfont{Lucida Bright Math OT}

\begin{document}

\[ \frac{ \sqrt{x^2 + x} }{ \sqrt{x^2 + x} } \]

\end{document}

the following picture, which shows perhaps better spacing.

enter image description here

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  • is the lucida \mathstrut really so enormous as it appears in the numerator of the second example? if so, i suspect a bug in the metrics. – barbara beeton Apr 29 '15 at 16:32
  • @barbarabeeton Possibly so. I'm just the messenger. ;-) – egreg Apr 29 '15 at 16:33

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