How do I italicise curly brackets { }?

I try:

{\it Method \rightarrow \{\ \!"EquationSimplification" \rightarrow "Solve"\}}

but it does not work. The brackets are not in the .pdf output...

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    Welcome! Is this supposed to be in maths mode or text? A small, complete, compilable document would make it easier to understand what you are trying to do.
    – cfr
    Jun 24, 2015 at 18:48
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    the only braces defined in the computer modern fonts are upright. if you really need sloped braces, you'll have to find another font (and latex support for it). however, it's a typographic convention of long standing that in expressions like this, punctuation and delimiters are upright. Jun 24, 2015 at 18:52
  • @barbarabeeton Using the T1 encoding gets you CM italic curly brackets although they need to be in text mode, of course.
    – cfr
    Jun 24, 2015 at 18:54
  • @crf, it can be in text mode. Please show me how to do it.
    – sdsds
    Jun 24, 2015 at 18:57

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If, despite barbara's comment, you really want italic curly brackets, you might want one of these solutions:

Text mode with arrows in maths mode:

  Method $\rightarrow$ \{\ ``EquationSimplification'' $\rightarrow$ ``Solve'' \}

Maths mode:

  Method \rightarrow \text{\itshape \{}\ \!``EquationSimplification" \rightarrow ``Solve" \text{\itshape \}}


I'm not clear if you really want Method etc. to be in maths mode. If not, you can use \text{} to use text while in maths mode for these as well.

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