Too many math alphabets used in version normal

Masoud Salehi salehi at ECE.NEU.EDU
Mon Sep 22 14:10:25 CEST 2003

Thanks, that  solved my problem.

At 09:51 AM 9/22/2003 -0400, you wrote:
>Masoud Salehi writes:
> >
> > Hi,
> >
> > I am writing a book and use a variety of fonts in it. When latexing I get
> > the error message
> >
> > ! Latex Error: Too many math alphabets used in version normal.
> >
> > If I delete some fonts the document is compiled with no error. I was
> > wondering if there is a way I can increase the font handling capacity of
> > LateX. My version of Y&Y is 2.2.3
> >
> > Thanks
> >
>We encountered this with a client a couple of years ago. The solution
>for them was as follows.
>    \usepackage{amsmath}
>    \usepackage{amssymb}
>    \newcommand\hmmax{0} % default 3
>    % \newcommand\bmmax{0} % default 4
>    \usepackage{bm}
>Notice use of \newcommand (not \renewcommand), and that this is
>inserted BEFORE the bm package.
>It's not actually the AMS packages that are involved in the solution
>but they were part of the problem, as it were. The bm package is of
>course the `Bold Math' package -- but because of its purpose, to
>expand the number of fonts available, it also has the necessary
>mechanism for coping with the message:
>           Too many math alphabets used in version normal.
>Print up the bm documentation and read up more, if you'd like -- this
>particular info is in section 2, on p.2.  The above values were
>particular to the client's needs -- you may need to adjust ... hence
>the suggestion to print up the documentation and read a little more on
>increasing font allocations.
>Indeed, my advice is to always print up the documentation for any
>package you're using -- you never know what little nuggets have been
>included in it.

Masoud Salehi
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Northeastern University
Boston, MA 02115
Voice: (617)373-2446, Fax: (617)373-8970
Email: salehi at

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