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**To**:*Multiple recipients of list LATEX-L <LATEX-L@RELAY.URZ.UNI-HEIDELBERG.DE>***Subject**:**Re: Alternatives to LaTeX****From**:*Hans Aberg <haberg@MATEMATIK.SU.SE>***Date**: Fri, 18 Apr 1997 14:45:03 +0200- Reply-To: Mailing list for the LaTeX3 project <LATEX-L@RELAY.URZ.UNI-HEIDELBERG.DE>
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At 09:21 97-04-17, Robin Fairbairns wrote: >> The sorry thing that there are not many math font families to choose >> from, and one idea of the math encoding project was trying to help changing >> that. > >No: the maths font encoding project was just that: a means to sort out >the sorry mess that's arisen with umpteen fonts (from Knuth, the AMS, >Washington, St Mary's Road, Old Uncle Tom Cobley and all) each with >their own encodings of small parts of the problem, each independently >encoded, but with some duplicated glyphs. > >The chances of anyone doing more than synthesis are small... If the purpose is only to restructure the math glyphs already available, and nothing else, I cannot see the point of nothering about it at all, because even messy, it is workable. The thing is however, that the set of math glyphs do need suitable extensions; some are already suggested in the new math encoding scheme (lower case of scripts and outlines, arrows package). Some new suggestions came up: slanted/upright script fonts, another more scripty series. Regardless whether that will be a part of the future LaTeX-distribution, the LaTeX math encoding scheme should enable such extension to more easily taking place (as it already does). Hans Aberg

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