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**To**:*tex-fonts@math.utah.edu, dhdurz1!dcfont-l***Subject**:**Re: Proposed math coding scheme****From**:*Alan Jeffrey <jeffrey@cs.chalmers.se>***Date**: Thu, 5 Dec 91 14:54:39 +0100

>Karl Berry writes: >As you imply, Humanist-Geometric is a continuum, not a dichotomy, and >along several dimensions. Very true unfortunately, but politics and font encodings are the art of the possible... There are two fonts which contain non-extensible math symbols: currently these are cmsy and cmmi, and it's pretty arbitrary which glyph is in which font. I'm not suggesting the Humanist/Geometric divide is a platonic division of glyphs, but a useful hack to make life slightly easier for font designers: a geometric CM symbol font should be adaptable for use with other fonts. >I don't understand why we want to put any non-mathematical characters >into the math fonts. Neither do I, but we have to find somewhere to put glyphs such as \dagger, \P, etc. Either we put them in a separate font, containing 71 glyphs (29 greek + 23 Greek + 10 alt. numerals + 3 music + 8 from cmsy) or we cram them into the math fonts (the Greek and numerals need to be in math anyway). I'm a bit worried about the amount of space math encoded character fonts would take up, without every text font having an extension font. >There aren't nearly enough positions in a 256-character encoding to >specify even all the useful math characters. Why even consider adding >the bullet and dagger and so forth? I agree totally---but these characters aren't in the Cork encoding, and we need to find homes for them. Either they should be in the math fonts (the current messy solution) or in a separate encoding (eating up even more font memory). Alan. Alan Jeffrey Tel: +46 31 72 10 59 jeffrey@cs.chalmers.se Department of Computer Sciences, Chalmers University, Gothenburg, Sweden

**References**:**Proposed math coding scheme***From:*karl@cs.umb.edu (Karl Berry)

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