# [texhax] Forcing size changes in exponents

bnb at ams.org bnb at ams.org
Mon Aug 17 14:46:13 CEST 2015

ulrike fischer writes, concerning the
2-letter font codes:

So they are imho sometimes useful commands and I'm not quite happy
about the "deprecated war" going on here.

in the face of the evidence, i must
retract my contention that these codes
have been disabled in latex 2015.
i seem to have misunderstood something
that i heard at tug 2015.

however, ulrike's comment that people
don't understand that these commands
are not (and never will be) additive
is more than enough reason to stop
and think before using them:

But the main problem is naturally that many people don't understand
the difference between \itshape and \it, use them only because they
are shorter and then complain when \it\bf doesn't give the expected
output.

apologies for the confusion.
-- bb