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 [Fwd: Proposal to Latex Development team] Mark Steinberger <[log in to unmask]> Sun, 24 Jun 2001 11:31:06 -0400 text/plain (38 lines) -------- Original Message -------- Subject: Proposal to Latex Development team Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 16:43:19 -0500 From: "Lawrence S. Levy" <[log in to unmask]> Request to the Latex Development Team It would be very nice if someone who is more of a Tex-nologist than me could write a macro to solve the following conundrum involving \bar versus \overline. \bar is intended for individual letters, and \overline is intended for entire expressions. The trouble with \bar is that it does not adjust its size to the letter it occurs over, and is often too short. On the other hand, \overline is usually too long when it is used over a single letter. For example, putting it over a slanting math-italic Z gives a bar whose left-hand end is over the beginning of the bottom of the Z instead of the beginning of the top of the Z. Moreover, \overline-ing consecutive letters of the same height produces a single overline over all of the letters, instead of individual overlines over each of them, and it is necessary to insert thin spaces to resolve this. \overline works exactly as it should, when used over entire expressions. Thus what is needed is an improved \bar macro that adjusts its length to the letter it occurs over. If someone is inspired to write such a macro, please send a copy to me. I'm not the only one who would appreciate this. Lawrence Levy [log in to unmask]