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

**To**:*math-font-discuss@cogs.susx.ac.uk, ziegler@goofy.zdv.uni-mainz.de***Subject**:**Re: integrals****From**:*H Sami Sozuer <sozueh@rpi.edu>***Date**: Fri, 13 Aug 1993 05:52:33 -0400

JZ asks: > > We have already discussed the smallint that is in CMSY. > > Should we include a similar sized small O int ? > > That means that for integrals, there are three sizes available. > > Should we make that general for double and triple ints and oints ? > > JZ Yes! By all means. AJ writes: > Ah, I'd hoped to get away without discussing the companion text font > > Each text font is envisaged as having a `companion' font, which would > contain the glyphs that are missing from the T1 (Cork) encoding, such > as <paragraph>, <yen>, <florin> and so on. The definition of \yen > would then be something like: > > \def\yen{\companiontextfont{\char"XX}} > > It would then be up to each font selection scheme to implement > \companiontextfont in an appropriate fashion, for example with NFSS2 > it would be something like: > > \def\companiontextfont#1{{\fontencoding{X1}\selectfont#1}} > > This would avoid the use of \mathhexbox for accessing companion text > glyphs, and would leave math mode for just math glyphs! I'll strongly recommend that the MFG members take a look at the following books, unless of course they'd rather create a "TeX for poets". "Gravitation" by Misner, Thorne and Wheeler "Elements of Green's Functions and Propagation" by Barton "Foundations of Electromagnetic Theory" by Reitz, Milford & Christy "Solid State Physics" by Ashcroft & Mermin. All of these books, especially "Gravitation" use a variety of uc and lc greeks in bold, bold italic, sans , sans bold, sans bold italic etc. Instead of the obvious way of typing a formula like ${\bf\tau}={\bf r}\times{\bf F}$, God knows how a user will be able to typeset such a formula, assuming that the Cork encoding together with the new proposed math encodings are adopted. By the way such a formula is in each and every introductory physics textbook. There are many many other examples I could give from physics where one would need greek letters from a variety of different typefaces. ${\bf\mu}$ for magnetic moment, ${\bf\sigma}$ for Pauli spin matrices, ${\bf\beta}={\bf v}/c$ etc. I am curious as to how many members of the MFG have a background in math, physics or engineering. After all TeX was primarily intended for use by people in these professions. It's one thing to be able to get a ${\bf\beta}$ that is perhaps positioned slightly less than ideal and perhaps wait 10 extra microseconds for that. It is quite a different matter *not* to be able to get it at all. For a practicing scientist in real life, the choice is quite obvious. I wish members of MFG could see that most people who use TeX are not "TeX-hackers". They simply want to write a paper or a book without having to deal with all sorts of idiosyncracies. In short they need a *tool* not a hobby. I have to say that I have seen many people who are turned off by TeX solely because of its "awkward" behavior (\bf\Gamma vs. \bf\gamma for example), not because a superscript was 13 microns higher than it might have been. A little common sense never hurts. Or shouldn't. Sami Sozuer

**Follow-Ups**:**Re: integrals***From:*bbeeton <BNB@MATH.AMS.ORG>

**Re: integrals***From:*alanje@cogs.susx.ac.uk (Alan Jeffrey)

- Prev by Date:
**integrals** - Next by Date:
**Re: integrals** - Prev by thread:
**Re: integrals** - Next by thread:
**Re: integrals** - Index(es):