I have a small nitpicking query

I have:


and noticed that the \sqsubset symbol is a bit too low (off centered) for my liking. Is it possible to shift it up slightly?

  • Note that \sqsubset is designed to be so low for the case that you have descenders as in the letter y. But I see why you want to raise it when there are no descenders as in S and P. Jun 13, 2012 at 14:51

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You can redefine \sqsubset to take an optional argument that would raise it:

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\usepackage{amsfonts}% http://ctan.org/pkg/amsfonts
$S\sqsubset\mathbf{P} \quad S\sqsubset[5pt]\mathbf{P} \quad S\sqsubset[1pt]\mathbf{P}$

The updated \sqsubset is set as a binary relation \mathrel. Note that if you want to use square brackets after \sqsubset, you need to surround it with braces. The new usage is \sqsubset[<len>] where <len> is any recognized (La)TeX length.

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    @MobiusPizza: Note that you can also use a negative <len> to lower the symbol.
    – Werner
    Mar 7, 2012 at 2:33
  • What if you want the symbol to be raised proportionally in subscripts and subsubscripts too? The \raisebox 'resets' to the normal size and I cannot figure out how to make it preserve the current size.
    – user21820
    Feb 20, 2020 at 8:21
  • Oh I found that we can save the current style, so that solves my question.
    – user21820
    Feb 20, 2020 at 13:31

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