# Curly brackets in italics

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...

• 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
• 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. Jun 24, 2015 at 18:57

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

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{mathtools}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\begin{document}
Text mode with arrows in maths mode:

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

Maths mode:

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

\end{document}


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.