Reference my old questions, How to use LaTeX for typesetting labels and titles in Mathematica and LaTeX and Mathematica.

The problem is simple to explain. When I do this

p = Plot[0, {x, 0, 2},
  Epilog -> Text[
    Style[ToExpression["\\sin(x\\,y)", TeXForm, HoldForm], Large], {1, .5}]

Mathematica graphics

The spacing between x and y is too large. Is there a way to reduce it?

I am using version 10.0.2 on Windows.

  • $\begingroup$ I normally use an invisible space for typesetting things such as (x y). Can't help you with the second part. LaTeX fonts always look different to everything else IMO $\endgroup$ Feb 7 '15 at 5:34
  • $\begingroup$ @MikeHoneychurch adding invisible space does not work for TeXForm, it still appears as one letter xy. Screen shot: !Mathematica graphics which is the issue mentioned above by Jens about the spacing. $\endgroup$
    – Nasser
    Feb 7 '15 at 5:51
  • $\begingroup$ Does the option ZeroWidthTimes->True help with the first issue? I.e., Text[Style[ToExpression["\\sin(x\\,y)", TeXForm, HoldForm], Large, ZeroWidthTimes -> True], {1, .5}] $\endgroup$
    – kglr
    Feb 7 '15 at 6:11
  • $\begingroup$ @kguler that is a nice trick. Yes, it helped a lot. Now the spacing is OK and can live with it. I'll update my question with your suggestion so it is all in one place. I guess now only the font issue is left. I am looking to see if there is a font setting to use. $\endgroup$
    – Nasser
    Feb 7 '15 at 6:28
  • $\begingroup$ @kguler fyi, I updated the question to only for the font issue. Thanks to your hint, the spacing issue is no longer a problem. $\endgroup$
    – Nasser
    Feb 7 '15 at 6:40

Using the option ZeroWidthTimes->True in Style solves the spacing problem:

expr = Style[ToExpression["\\sin(x\\,y)", TeXForm, HoldForm], Large, ZeroWidthTimes -> True];

Plot[0, {x, 0, 2}, Epilog -> Text[expr, {1, .5}]]

enter image description here

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks. I modified my question also to mention the spacing issue only, to reduce confusion. I think your solution is very good. $\endgroup$
    – Nasser
    Feb 7 '15 at 7:11
  • $\begingroup$ @Nasser, my pleasure... thank you for the accept. $\endgroup$
    – kglr
    Feb 7 '15 at 7:19

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