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Unit matrix -- Long arrows -- Bold maths -- Fraction spacing -- Inline graphics -- Complex signs

Given in the order of ascending complexity.

A unit matrix is customarily denoted by a 1 with a double vertical stroke.
However, I could not find such a symbol anywhere in the AMS or other font
packages. So I wrote a macro for it myself. Two `\rule`s are used to
draw the second stroke and to extend the baseline.

\def\dblone{\hbox{$1\hskip -1.2pt\vrule depth 0pt height 1.6ex width 0.7pt \vrule depth 0pt height 0.3pt width 0.12em$}}

The AMS fonts give us a numer of arrows which come in two lengths, normal and long. For still longer arrows, one can extend them with minus signs or equals signs (for double arrows). Some negative spaces have to be inserted to make the lines join up:

\def\llra{% \setbox0=\hbox{$-\!$} \hbox{\copy0 \copy0 \copy0 \copy0 \copy0 \copy0 \copy0 \copy0 $\longrightarrow$}}

\def\llla{% \setbox0=\hbox{$\!-$} \hbox{$\longleftarrow$\copy0 \copy0 \copy0 \copy0 \copy0 \copy0 \copy0 \copy0}}

\def\llda{% \setbox0=\hbox{$\vert$} \dimen0=-1\wd0 \hbox to \wd0{% \raise 2em \copy0 \kern\dimen0 % \raise 1em \copy0 \kern\dimen0 % \copy0 \kern\dimen0 % \lower 1em \copy0 \kern\dimen0 % \lower 1.9em \hbox to \wd0{\hss $\downarrow$\hss}} }

The first two are arrows pointing right and left. Their lengths are suitable for commuting algrebra diagrams. The third is a vertical downward arrow for the same application. An upward arrow is left as an exercise ;).

For obtaining small greek charaters or symbols in boldface in math mode, define
the macro below. (The usual `\mathbf` won't do in these cases.)

% bold face in formulas \def\mbf#1{\mathchoice{\hbox{\boldmath $\displaystyle #1$}} {\hbox{\boldmath $\textstyle #1$}} {\hbox{\boldmath $\scriptstyle #1$}} {\hbox{\boldmath $\scriptscriptstyle #1$}}}

The `\mathchoice` command chooses one of four expressions depending on
whether it is in a displayed formula or a text formula, in the exponent (or
subscript) or in the exponent of an exponent. It is necessary here because
otherwise the inside of the `\hbox` would always be set in text style,
regardless of the context.

The following will increase the spacing between fractions. With the original
LaTeX `\frac`, adjacent fraction bars (eg in a product) are nearly
indiscernible.

% fractions look better as "math inner" \def\frac#1#2{{\mathinner{#1 \over #2}}}

The following code allows to insert graphics into equations and text. They are
centered roughly on the cross bar of the plus sign. The macro's parameter is
the truncated file name (without ".eps" or ".pdf"). The size of the image can
be adjusted by changing the parameter `height=...`.

% a box with graphics contered on the text line \def\inlinegraph#1{{\setbox0=\hbox{\includegraphics[height=40mm]{#1.eps}} \dimen0=0.7ex \advance\dimen0 by -0.5\ht0 \raise\dimen0\box0}}

The following macro prints an exclamation mark on top of a bidirectional arrow.

% maths "ought to be equivalent" symbol <=!=> \def\oughttobe{{ \setbox0=\hbox{$\Longleftrightarrow$} \setbox1=\hbox{\scriptsize !} \dimen0=-0.5\wd0 \advance\dimen0 by -0.5\wd1 \hbox{\box0\kern\dimen0\vbox to 0pt {\vss\hbox{\raise 0.7em \box1}}} }}

This can be generalised. The following macro puts any small sign under
(`putunder`) or over (`putover`) a larger one. I inserted the `\mathrel`
because such signs are usually relational operators ("ought to be equal" signs,
limits etc.) and ought to have the appropriate spacing.

\def\putunder#1#2{\mathrel{ \setbox0=\hbox{#1}\setbox1=\hbox{\scriptsize #2} \dimen0=-0.5\wd0 \advance\dimen0 by -0.5\wd1 \dimen1=0.5\wd0 \advance\dimen1 by -0.5\wd1 \hbox{\box0\kern\dimen0% \vbox to 0pt {\hbox{\lower 0.7em \box1}\vss}% \kern\dimen1} }} \def\putover#1#2{\mathrel{ \setbox0=\hbox{#1}\setbox1=\hbox{\scriptsize #2} \dimen0=-0.5\wd0 \advance\dimen0 by -0.5\wd1 \dimen1=0.5\wd0 \advance\dimen1 by -0.5\wd1 \hbox{\box0\kern\dimen0% \vbox to 0pt {\vss\hbox{\raise 0.7em \box1}}% \kern\dimen1} }}

To indicate the limit of an expression when epsilon approaches zero, one could write:

\putunder{$-\!\!\!\longrightarrow$}{$\epsilon\!\to\!0$}

The dollar signs have to be there even in math mode unless you define them into
`\putunder`.