[texhax] Curley W

Aaron Gray angray at beeb.net
Fri Dec 21 18:15:07 CET 2007

> On Dec 21, 2007, at 10:37 AM, Aaron Gray wrote:
>>> On Dec 20, 2007, at 2:31 PM, Aaron Gray wrote:
>>>> I am wondering how to render a Curley W in TeX.
>>>> http://www.diku.dk/undervisning/2006-2007/2006-2007_b2_246/
>>>> milner78theory.pdf
>>> Dear Aaron,
>>> Try the mathrsfs package.  It's pretty close.
>>> \documentclass{article}
>>> \usepackage{mathptmx}
>>> \usepackage{mathrsfs}
>>> \begin{document}
>>> To be precise, we show that if $\mathscr W(\bar p,f)$ succeeds and
>>> returns $(T,\bar f)$, then $(T\bar p)|f$ is a wt.
>>> \end{document}
>> Hello Matthew,
>> Thanks for the reply. I am using MediaWiki (WikiPedia's software) and
>> unfortunately that does not support \usepackage{} :(
> Ah, you should have said so earlier.  See MediaWiki's own page [1]  
> for the full story. You could try using CSS to instruct the web  
> browser to select a scriptlike font.  I believe Wikipedia's policy  
> [2] is to use wikitext or HTML to render math unless it's only  
> possible with LaTeX.  This way the page remains machine-readable  
> (sort of).  So something like
> <span style="font-family: 'zapf chancery', cursive;">W</span>
> should work.  You can make that a template to avoid code repetition.
>> Out of interest I have MediaWiki running on my own Linux server, do  
>> you know
>> is there anyway to preload packages ?
> Yes, there's got to be a way.  The sure-fire way would be to search  
> the MediaWiki source code.  The way these math-on-the web programs  
> work is they take text, write it into a file, then run (la)tex on the  
> file.   The temporary file needs a preamble, so if you find where  
> it's written you can just update that preamble.  Whoever wrote this  
> particular extension to MW may have built in some customization  
> mechanism that would do this for you, but I don't know.
> Judging on your next paragraph, however, I think your best bet is a  
> solution within the current MW configuration.
>> Also I dont even know how to run TeX on the command line, can I put  
>> the code
>> in a .tex file then run tex on it ? I should experiment with this.
> In the olden days this was the only way to use tex.  Look at the TUG  
> site (see "more links" at the end of the message) for information on  
> that.
> Hope that helps!
> --Matt
> [1] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Help:Formula
> [2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Manual_of_Style_% 
> 28mathematics%29#Typesetting_of_mathematical_formulas

zapf chancery is that the font the W is in ?


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