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**To**:*sozueh@rpi.edu***Subject**:**Re: integrals****From**:*bbeeton <BNB@MATH.AMS.ORG>***Date**: 13 Aug 1993 07:52:23 -0400 (EDT)**Cc**:*math-font-discuss@cogs.susx.ac.uk*

thanks to sami sozuer for the physics references -- this is precisely the sort of background material that we've asked to be pointed out. he also asks the professional background of the members of the mfg. i won't speak for the others, but my own background includes undergraduate work in applied math (though i ended up in linguistics in graduate school) and more than 20 years specializing in math typesetting for the american math society, including installing two math typesetting systems in-house, which included making sure that the font sets were adequate for the needs of research math. on the other hand, i know my background is weak in the practices of advanced physics, engineering, and other applied areas -- which is the reason i've insisted that the group ask for representatives of these disciplines to help by citing examples of actual practice. i have a strong personal interest in making the tools and user interfaces to those tools suitable, powerful and flexible. i don't intend the product of this working group to turn out otherwise. actually, i'm not sure why "\bf\Gamma vs. \bf\gamma" is a turnoff. it can't be that \bf is needed -- that's the same in both parts; it seems unlikely that it's the need to distinguish between a cap and a lowercase gamma -- at least in math that distinction must be made sometimes within the same expression. i'd really appreciate learning from mr. sozuer, off-line if he prefers, what would make the tex input language more usable by physicists. (short of having a mouse-and-menu interface as the only input, of course -- that is counter to what is able to be called tex, by knuth's rules. it could certainly be provided by a third party as an added front end, but isn't part of our present task, which is to make available the alphabets and symbols that users of tex really need for their technical notation, arranged into groupings that are effective for producing their documents.) -- bb

**References**:**Re: integrals***From:*H Sami Sozuer <sozueh@rpi.edu>

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