In your opinion, what is the best way to place things like symbols next to names, if some symbols are meant for text and you have to be in mathmode to use the exponent functionality? What is the command for that specific cross at the end of the name? I checked and found \Cross of the marvosym package, but it was much more bold and shorter to my eyes then the one below.

Also a slightly better title would be appreciated if someone thinks of one.


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    – egreg
    Commented Nov 13, 2011 at 13:21
  • @night owl Try dagger for the symbol They are all footnote marks.
    – yannisl
    Commented Nov 13, 2011 at 13:22
  • It seems like you are looking for footnotes or endnotes. You can obtain the symbol with \dagger
    – Marco
    Commented Nov 13, 2011 at 13:24
  • Thanks. But I think it seems to be some sort of a cross rather than dagger, i.e., not sharp end or round side pointers. You can view this by zooming your screen view maybe 500x
    – night owl
    Commented Nov 13, 2011 at 13:35
  • It depends on the font how exactly the symbol looks like.
    – Marco
    Commented Nov 13, 2011 at 13:38

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It's not necessary to go into math mode (explicitly) in order to typeset text symbols: the relevant command is \textsuperscript.

For example, your authors can be

Jun Zheng\textsuperscript{\textdagger},
Suhail Saquib\textsuperscript{\textasteriskcentered},

and the first affiliation

\makebox[0pt][r]{\textsuperscript{\textdagger}}Department of
  Electrical Engineering ...

(the zero width box is to avoid the superscript participating in the centering, which is usually what's desired).

You might want to have a look at the package authblk for automating this kind of author and affiliation typesetting.

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    Strange enough, standard LaTeX does not define the similar \textsubscript command. A couple of times a customer wanted it, and I ought to define it by the obvious modification of \textsuperscript
    – Boris
    Commented Nov 13, 2011 at 17:10
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    @Boris \usepackage{fixltx2e} provides \textsubscript
    – egreg
    Commented Nov 13, 2011 at 17:31
  • Thanks a lot again for those nifty commands textsuperscript and now textsubscript and the package fixltx2e (just found out about that one). I don't know how much grief LaTeX caused me when wanting to do things like this outside the math-mode environment. This will shed major minutes of debugging off my coding time. LoL :)
    – night owl
    Commented Nov 14, 2011 at 4:14

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