• To: Ulrik Vieth <vieth@thphy.uni-duesseldorf.de>
• From: Thierry Bouche <Thierry.Bouche@ujf-grenoble.fr>
• Date: Thu, 23 Oct 1997 17:38:06 +0200 (MET DST)

Concernant « about EuroTeX (again) », Ulrik Vieth écrit :
>
> Since there is a danger that we might miss a golden opportunity if we
> do not take a decision pretty soon, I have decided to take the hopeful
> position, based on the assumption that I somehow will manage to find
> the time to attend the conference and be available to do a group
> presentation (hoping that a backup speaker may be found in the case of
> unfortunate circumstances).
>

Good !!

> Attached below is a draft for an abstract submission:
>
> Question to the program committee members:
>
>   Is there still a chance to submit this as a post-deadline paper by
>   the end of this week or early next week (if it needs to be revised)?
>

yes, the deadline has been postponed, we only need a detailed
abstract in the first place, and you have at least Robin & me that are
angrily waiting for a math session there.

> Question to the group members:
>
>   Is the contents of the abstract acceptable or do you have any
>   concrete suggestions for improving it?
>

seems acceptable to me.

> Question to the individuals I have nominated as potential participants
> in a panel discussion:
>
>   Are you really willing to attend and to participate in the panel?
>   Who else is?  Is there anyone / any group that I may have forgotten?
>
> Hope it's not too late yet.
> Cheers, Ulrik.
>
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> \documentclass{ltugproc}
>
> \title{Towards a new Math Font Encoding for \AllTeX{}}
>
> \author{Math Font Working Group}
>   Joint \LaTeX{}3 Project / \acro{TUG} Technical Working Group\\
>   on Extended Math Font Encodings (WG-92-01)}
>
> \author{Ulrik Vieth (presenting author, tentative)}
>   Heinrich-Heine-Universit{\"a}t D{\"u}sseldorf\\
>   Institut f{\"u}r Theoretische Physik~II\\
>   Universit{\"a}tsstra\ss{}e 1\\
>   D-40225 D{\"u}sseldorf\\
>   Germany}
>
> \author{Matthias Clasen (primary author of paper)}
>   Albert-Ludwigs-Universit{\"a}t Freiburg\\
>   Institut f{\"u}r Mathematische Logik\\
>   D-79104 Freiburg\\
>   Germany}
>
> \begin{document}
>
> \begin{abstract}
>   When \TeX{}~3.0 made it possible in 1990 to overcome the
>   restrictions of \hbox{7-bit} fonts, it didn't take long until an
>   encoding vector for \hbox{8-bit} text fonts was developed to support
>   the needs of European languages.  Ever since the first
>   implementations of these Cork' encoded fonts became available, it
>   was recognized that new \hbox{8-bit} math font encodings were
>   ultimately needed to overcome the inter-dependencies between text
>   fonts and math fonts and to provide a more extensive and
>   better-organized symbol complement.
>   %
>   In 1993 a working group on extended math font encodings was
>   initiated by the \LaTeX{}3 project and an outline of a new encoding
>   was presented in a workshop session at the \acro{TUG} meeting.
>   Unfortunately, work on the details of this Aston' proposal
>   practically came to halt in late 1993 and it took until early 1997
>   to revive the discussion on math fonts.
>
>   In this paper we will present a snapshot of ongoing work on a
>   \texttt{fontinst}-based prototype implementation of new math
>   encodings, which is currently being tested on Computer Modern,
>   Concrete, and Euler versions.  We will summarize the design goals
>   and technical considerations that have led to the present layout of
>   the font tables and discuss some of the remaining open problems.
> \end{abstract}
>
> \maketitle
>
> \begin{itemize}
> \item Time estimate: 30 min + 60 min discussion
>
> \item Potential participants in a panel discussion:
>   \begin{itemize}
>     \item Matthias Clasen (if present)
>     \item Ulrik Vieth
>     \item J{\"o}rg Knappen (?)
>     \item Thierry Bouche (?)

i'll manage to be there
i cannot unfortunately say i'd realize some actual work (such as a
prototypal lucida or MathPi layout) in the meantime.

PS i think that the Mathemaica fonts are right in distinguishing
times & cross for instance, i second absolutely what you said (4 more
slots, no need for additional vertical bars, which are rather well
handled by amslatex \abs{} \lvert etc.)