Here is a minimum working example


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I know Arseneau says "math larger/smaller commands should not be trusted very far, and they will not be useful in every instance" but I wish somebody could find a workaround.

  • it's not particularly related to align*: as the relsize comments make clear \mathsmaller will use \textstyle font in display math, which is the same font as the surrounding text, so you would see the same in equation or \[ – David Carlisle Dec 24 '16 at 23:06
  • @DavidCarlisle I agree of course. It's just that I wanted to keep things to ... a working minimum. – schremmer Dec 24 '16 at 23:37
  • for the example that makes sense, but for the question title it's misleading (especially as it's a self answer) – David Carlisle Dec 24 '16 at 23:42

As it happens, almost exactly 10 years ago, I asked the very same question on the OSX TeX list, Frank STENGEL explained what happened and Ross MORE said to: "include a \textstyle switch":


\mathsmaller is thought for symbols such as \sum and uses \textstyle when found in \displaystyle:

  {\textstyle \let\rs@sstyle\scriptstyle \rs@mathatom}%
  {\scriptstyle \let\rs@sstyle\scriptstyle \rs@mathatom}%
  {\scriptscriptstyle \let\rs@sstyle\scriptscriptstyle \rs@mathatom}%
  {\scriptscriptstyle \let\rs@sstyle\scriptscriptstyle \rs@mathatom}%

If you want to emulate small caps with a font not having them, use \text (and some tricks).





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