# [texhax] Font Size Question

Thomas Jacobs thomasjacobs at gmail.com
Mon Jun 21 23:39:54 CEST 2010

Axel,

Thanks.  Can you tell me how you (or I) would know the defined font
sizes for a given class, like your book class example?  Where do you
look for such information, etc.  That is really what I need to know
but have been unable to decipher it myself.

Tom

On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 12:27 PM, Axel E. Retif <axel.retif at mac.com> wrote:
> 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.,
>
> \renewcommand{\normalsize}{\fontsize{11.5pt}{14pt}\selectfont}
>
>
> Best
>
> Axel
>
>
>

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Thomas Jacobs