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Re: Mathematica symbol fonts
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- Subject: Re: Mathematica symbol fonts
- From: Joerg.Knappen@uni-mainz.de
- Date: Mon, 17 Nov 1997 12:15:29 +0100
Having printed the mma symbol fonts, I have the following remarks:
a) On integrals:
The mma fonts contain a class of integrals and other big operators larger
than \displaystyle. For a moment I played with the thought of an e-TeX
proposal \bigdisplaystyle (appropriate, if there is a displaystyle fraction
in the ``argument'' of a big operator) but discarded it soon. The reason
for discarding the thought was, that the argument of a big operator cannot
be detected automatically.
Maybe setting up the integrals as delimiters can make the largest size
available ... I will have to think further about this approach.
b) On bullet-like symbols
There are three sizes of bullet-like symbols (squares, circles) in the mma
fonts. IMHO a good choice, the smallest being appropriate as binary
operators, the largest as miscellanous symbols.
c) A special symbol:
The is a ``mouth'' like symbol near \approx in the mma fonts, consisting of
smallfrown over smallsmile. What is it used for?
d) \de, \ee, \ie
There are special symbols for the d in differentials, the base of the
natural logarithm and the square root of -1. However, Wolfram's designs are
just plain ugly and not supported anywhere else (mathroman type being the
design of choice).
I found the capital Epsilon (like african open E) also in the mma
fonts. Worth considering for the encoding, I think.