[texhax] Font Size Question

Axel E. Retif axel.retif at mac.com
Mon Jun 21 19:27:22 CEST 2010

On  21 Jun, 2010, at 11:55, Thomas Jacobs wrote:

> Hi,
> I am trying to create a thesis from a series of papers and one of the
> requirements is that pt. size can be no less than 7.  I am trying to
> ascertain how to ensure I do not break this rule.  In looking at the
> manuals, my current understanding is that given a default font size
> such as 12 pt this is \normalsize in the document and each of the
> following reduce it by one:
> \small, \footnotesize, \scriptsize, and \tiny
> If this is true than my smallest font size would be 8pt if I use
> \tiny.  Further, I could drop the \normalsize to 11 pt and still use
> \tiny and I would be at 7 pt.

Not really. For example, bk12.clo, which book class uses for 12pt, has

small:        11pt
footnotesize: 10pt
scriptsize:    8pt
tiny:          7pt

You can redefine sizes in your preamble; v.gr.,




More information about the texhax mailing list