Often in beamer I want to produce a build-in. A complicated version is when I want to start with <expr> and then build in an underbrace \underbrace{<expr>}_{foo}. If the slide is centered vertically, and I do so with \only<1>{...} and then \only<2->{...}, then I will see a jump in the equation because the height of the displayed equation with the underbrace is larger.

One solution is to put a \vphantom{...} in the \only<1>{...}, but this requires that I copy the larger expression (with, say, the underbrace) from \only<2->{...foo...} into the first \only<1>{... \vphantom{foo}...}. This is a rather ugly solution because my code has just doubled in size, usually.

I'd prefer an approach where I measure heights into the .aux and use these in the second compilation (or third, I don't mind) to just use simply \vspace*{\heightfoo}.

Any ideas out there?

Here's a MWE:

\hat w = \arg\min_{w}
\only<1>{\frac 1 m \sum_{i=1}^{m} f(w) \vphantom{ \underbrace{\frac 1 m \sum_{i=1}^{m} f(w)}_{L(w)}}}%
\only<2->{\underbrace{\frac 1 m \sum_{i=1}^{m} f(w)}_{L(w)}}
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    Your code is not an MWE. – Sveinung Oct 21 at 19:48
  • I've fixed a typo in the code. MWE now runs (in beamer environment). – Daniel Roy Oct 21 at 20:27
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    It is still not an MWE. An MWE contains the code that is necessary, so it will compile on it own. – Sveinung Oct 21 at 20:55
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    THis is an MWE: \documentclass{beamer} \begin{document} \begin{frame} [ \hat w = \arg\min_{w} \only<1>{\frac 1 m \sum_{i=1}^{m} f(w) \vphantom{ \underbrace{\frac 1 m \sum_{i=1}^{m} f(w)}_{L(w)}}}% \only<2->{\underbrace{\frac 1 m \sum_{i=1}^{m} f(w)}_{L(w)}} ] \end{frame} \end{document} – Sveinung Oct 21 at 21:02
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    please always post a complete document not a fragment. Your code doesn't need to double in size to repeat any part of the document \newcommand\foo{long equation} \foo .. \foo will use the equation in two contexts – David Carlisle Oct 21 at 21:21

The following code makes \underbrace and \overbrace overlay-aware and uses \alt<os>{<default>}{<alternative>} to print <default> on <os> and <alternative> elsewhere. So, \underbrace<os>{<stuff>}_{<label>} sets \underbrace{<stuff>}_{<label>} on <os> and \vphantom{\underbrace{<stuff>}_{<label>}}<stuff> elsewhere (similarly for \overbrace).




\RenewDocumentCommand{\underbrace}{d<> m e{_^}}{%
\RenewDocumentCommand{\overbrace}{d<> m e{_^}}{%


    \hat w = \arg\min_w
      \underbrace<2->{\frac{1}{m} \sum_{i = 1}^{m} f(w)}_{L(w)}


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