Initial Drop Cap Letter

The first letter of a journal paper is a large, capital, oversized letter which descends one line below the baseline. Such a letter is called a “drop cap” letter. The other letters in the first word are rendered in upper case. This effect can be accurately produced using the IEEEtran command \IEEEPARstart{}{ }. The first argument is the first letter of the first word, the second argument contains the remaining letters of the first word. The drop cap of this document was produced with:

\IEEEPARstart{W}{ith}

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Note that some journals will also render the second word in upper case—especially if the first word is very short. For more usage examples, see the bare_jrnl.tex example file.

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