I need to put expressions containing "<" and ">" sign in italics. For example, GenericPositive

However, when I do


it does not display the "<" or ">" signs. I also tried to add a slash so:


but it doesn't work either. What is more, I also tried the math mode with "$" signs so:


and it does display the "<", ">" signs but then the whole expression gets split between different lines of text and I don't want that to happen.

What can I do to see "<" and ">" in an expression in italics in such a way that this expression is not split between different lines of text?

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    Please provide a minimal example (a full but minimal document we cqan copy and test as is). For me they appear if I add \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} to a super simple minimal doc
    – daleif
    Jun 27, 2019 at 12:56
  • @daleif This solved the problem. Thank you so much
    – user20896
    Jun 27, 2019 at 13:03
  • Do you really want the <> symbols in italics? I'd recommend using angle brackets, instead, and always upright.
    – egreg
    Jun 27, 2019 at 13:44

2 Answers 2


I take it that you use pdfLaTeX and the "original", aka OT1, font encodings.

I have two suggestions:

  • If, for some reason, you can't or mustn't switch to the newer T1 font encoding, you could write

    \textit{GenericPositive\textless Type\textgreater}
  • As @daleif has already noted in a comment, the problem vanishes if you include the instruction


    in the preamble.


It seems to me that you want to typeset source code. If that is the case I would highly recommend to use a specialized package for that like minted. Please note that minted depends on python and pygments and therefore requires the -shell-escape flag as described in sections 2.1 and 3.1 of it's documentation.

I don't know what language you want to use so I am inserting a LaTeX example:


\setminted{autogobble, breaklines}

A block of code:


Or inline:
  • Please clarify how your answer addresses the OP's stated objective, "I need to put expressions containing "<" and ">" sign in italics."
    – Mico
    Jun 27, 2019 at 14:04

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