[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

Re: \ell

alan jeffrey points out the distinct v and w in the mathtime fonts.
the v in the times italic has traditionally been a source of problems
for math typesetting, and, just as traditionally, compositors have
substituted the letter v (and w to match in style) from some other
font, which i believe was usually one from the century family, perhaps

without checking, i can't say whether the substitution was carried
over to italic text (theorems, etc.) as well as in math notation,
but with tex we have the ability to treat the two environments
differently, and we have in fact done that at ams -- in text, the
v and w are the sharp-bottomed times shapes, and in math, the
rounded forms are used, in our case based on cm.  (this leads to a
similarity between v and upsilon, and though it's not as problematic
as the v/nu similarity, there must really be a middle ground that
we haven't yet stumbled on.)

anyhow, the v and w should not be given separate, extra slots.  for
tex, text italic and math italic will remain separate.  but care must
be taken in implementing the ambiguous shapes in the math italic.
(this is really no different from the need to distinguish between
"cap oh" and zero, and between "ell", one and "cap eye" in a sans
serif font intended for use in presenting electronic addresses;
it's simply impossible to use a font of "normal" design -- a more
specialized approach is needed.)
                                                -- bb