The following code results in the 'j' being too far away from the parenthesis:

\documentclass[a4paper, 12pt]{article}



\setmainfont{STIX Two Text}


\date{Typeset on \today}



$$ D_{v_p} = \p{ {\widehat e}_i }_{j} $$


Upon commenting the STIX-related code, the problem seems to disappear. Replacing it with \usepackage{unicode-math} produces the same artifact.

What is wrong?

  • What's your use case for wanting to using \left( and \right)? to encase \hat{e}_i (or \widehat{e}_i)? Put differently, why not write (\widehat{e}_i)_j or, if you prefer, {(\widehat{e}_i)}_j-- and obtain nicely spaced subscripts?
    – Mico
    Jan 30, 2021 at 12:00
  • @Mico, this does not seem like an extremely general solution.
    – Mike Land
    Jan 30, 2021 at 12:10
  • "Extremely general solutions" are usually not optimal solutions. Hence my question: What's your use case for deliberately generating parentheses that can be much too large for the job and can generate all kinds of odd, but utterly avoidable, follow-up problems?
    – Mico
    Jan 30, 2021 at 12:29
  • @Mico, I hoped there is a simpler way.
    – Mike Land
    Jan 30, 2021 at 12:59
  • @MikeLand You triggered a LuaTeX bug here, but that only applies to legacy math fonts, so it does not happen with unicode-math. So it's impossible to say why your attempt with unicode-math didn't work without seeing the code. Currently the unicode-math tag and title are a bit misleading since the question is mostly about what happens with legacy math. Jan 30, 2021 at 13:39


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