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In the below the top of the beta is significantly higher the top of alpha, how could I make the top alignment equal for the two?

\documentclass{article} \begin{document} \[ a_{\alpha\beta} \] \end{document}

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  • Sorry to say it, but I'm sure you don't want to do that. It's like saying you wanted to align the top of latin letters, which you don't want: i.stack.imgur.com/sQEQ3.png
    – yo'
    Oct 29, 2015 at 13:18
  • But that's what I want
    – Overclover
    Oct 29, 2015 at 13:19
  • I want to use them as two connected indices, and care more about them being distinct "sub"scripts than about the text line looking even
    – Overclover
    Oct 29, 2015 at 13:20

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You do not want to do that. And (as a copy editor and typesetter) I hope I won't ever get to process your paper.

It really looks more like that \beta is a subscript of \alpha, which is of course wrong.

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\documentclass[margin=5pt]{standalone}

\usepackage{amsmath}

\makeatletter
\newcommand\lowbeta{{\text{\raise-0.55ex\hbox{$\mkern-1mu\m@th\beta$}}}}
\makeatother

\begin{document}

$x_{\alpha\lowbeta}$

\end{document}

You can also try simply to lower the whole subscript:

$x^{}_{\alpha\beta}$
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  • Thanks, I didn't think about beta looking like a subscript of alpha; a good point, I'll consider not doing it anyway.
    – Overclover
    Oct 29, 2015 at 13:46
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    @Asagen My recommendation is $x^{}_{\alpha\beta}$, so the subscript is moved a bit down.
    – egreg
    Oct 29, 2015 at 14:06

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