# Is there an equal sign with wider gap?

I am trying to make a large unary operator from an equal sign =, namely, \mathlarger{\boldsymbol{=}}, but the bars are too close together to distinguish from the general binary case. Is there some package with = having a wider gap that I can use?

• I go with @campa 's answer because it seems most simple – updraft Mar 12 at 11:20
• I'm not sure what unary equality is supposed to denote but, if you're having trouble distinguishing your symbol for it from ordinary equality, that suggests you might want to look at a completely different symbol. – David Richerby Mar 12 at 11:49
• @DavidRicherby thanks for the suggestion, I use unary equal to refer to the set that is the isovalue contour of point p, so it can be intuitive. – updraft Mar 13 at 6:41

## 2 Answers

Here's a proposal:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{amsmath,xparse}

\ExplSyntaxOn
\NewDocumentCommand{\uneq}{}
{
\mathbin{\mathpalette\updraft_uneq:nn {}}
}

\dim_new:N \l__updraft_width_dim
\dim_new:N \l__updraft_height_dim

\cs_new_protected:Nn \updraft_uneq:nn
{
\vcenter
{
\mathsurround=0pt
\hbox:n
{
% measure the width of the equals sign in the current style
\hbox_set:Nn \l_tmpa_box {$#1{=}$}
\dim_set:Nn \l__updraft_width_dim { \box_wd:N \l_tmpa_box }
% measure the width of 1mu in the current style
\hbox_set:Nn \l_tmpa_box {$#1\mkern1mu$}
\dim_set:Nn \l__updraft_height_dim { \box_wd:N \l_tmpa_box }
% start drawing
\driver_draw_begin:
% round caps on lines
\driver_draw_cap_round:
% set the line width (change 1.2 to your liking)
\driver_draw_linewidth:n { 1.2\l__updraft_height_dim }
% 1. cm fonts use width/10  of side bearings
% 2. the gap between lines is 5 times the line width
% bottom line
\driver_draw_moveto:nn
{ 0.1 \l__updraft_width_dim }
{ -2.5 \l__updraft_height_dim }
\driver_draw_lineto:nn
{ 0.9 \l__updraft_width_dim }
{ -2.5 \l__updraft_height_dim }
\driver_draw_stroke:
% top line
\driver_draw_moveto:nn
{ 0.1 \l__updraft_width_dim }
{ 2.5 \l__updraft_height_dim }
\driver_draw_lineto:nn
{ 0.9 \l__updraft_width_dim }
{ 2.5 \l__updraft_height_dim }
\driver_draw_stroke:
\driver_draw_end:
% occupy the space
\hspace{ \l__updraft_width_dim }
}
}
}
\ExplSyntaxOff

\begin{document}

$\mathbin{=}A$

$\uneq A$ $\scriptstyle\uneq A$ $\scriptscriptstyle\uneq A$

$A=B$

\end{document}


There is no “unary operator” class, one has to use \mathbin and TeX will act according to the context. You could also decide to simply use \mathord. • thank you:), your proposal is a little hard I don't quite understand, haha – updraft Mar 12 at 11:02
• @updraft I added some comments – egreg Mar 12 at 12:04
• your method is actually very thorough and illuminating I go with yours instead! – updraft Mar 13 at 6:37

The gap can be tweaked by changing the 4\LMpt.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{scalerel,stackengine,bm}
\newcommand\bineq{\mathbin{\ThisStyle{\ensurestackMath{\vcenter{\hbox{\stackengine{%
4\LMpt}{\SavedStyle\bm{-}}{\SavedStyle\bm{-}}{O}{c}{F}{F}{L}}}}}}}
\begin{document}
${\bm{=}} A\quad\scriptstyle{\bm{=}} A\quad\scriptscriptstyle{\bm{=}} A$ bold =

$\bineq A\quad\scriptstyle\bineq A\quad\scriptscriptstyle\bineq A$ \verb|\bineq|
\end{document} 