## LaTeX forum ⇒ Text Formatting ⇒ Automatically scale brackets in formulae

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mcandre
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### Automatically scale brackets in formulae

LaTeX is surprisingly bad at its primary job of rendering beautiful mathematical expressions. In particular, brackets such as parentheses, hard brackets, and curly braces, fail to change in size to adapt to their contents. Yes, I am aware of \big, but something as common as brackets should really do the right thing out of the box, without requiring the user to use special syntax. It is to laugh. Inline and multiline formulae should assume \big for brackets, as that's what we want them to do 99% of the time.

Stefan Kottwitz
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Hi,

welcome to the forum!

Your first statement is wrong, and I don't see why you write "It is to laugh". Maybe it's funny that you don't know the simple LaTeX way to have automatically scaling brackets? Or do you? I did not see a question, that text above just seems like a bad comment.

Stefan