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Re: patch for bigdoc.tex, fontchart.sty

> > Speaking about the mathematica fonts, looking at the result of
> > testdoc.tex with the mathematica layout, I noticed that the accents
> > are all wrong, since they live at the baseline, not the x-height,
> > in the mathematica fonts. I fixed this by raising all accents to
> > the x-height in the vf. I don't have the patch here though. 
> Yes, I know.  This is another case of built-in expectations about how
> fonts are designed.  I avoided this problem in mmaptm by taking most
> of the accents (except for vector) from Times Roman instead of MMa.

I will send you my accent-raising patch tomorrow, but you might as well
do it by hand: I changed the etx-files for the mathematica fonts to
have \setslot{lowacute}\endsetslot instead of \setslot{acute}\endsetslot
and inserted 
in the mtx-file. That works nicely, but you have to make sure that
the x-height is really the appropriate one (the etx file says something
so you have to make sure, that the glyph x is defined. 
> > Another small thing which went wrong in the last release is the
> > order of the new delimiters. 
> There's another problem with Euler extension layout.  The integrals
> and big ops (\sum, \prod, \coprod) should come from euex, not cmex.

I will look into that.
> > One more thing: Some days ago I saw a request for a mirrored \iota
> > on de.comp.text.tex. The requester was quoting W.V.O.Quine with the
> > statement that this symbol is used `since Peano' for the `the'-functor
> > (i.e. the functor turning a formula \varphi(x) into a term denoting
> > the unique element fulfilling that formula: \inviota x\varphi(x) is
> > `the' x satisfying \varphi). Since I am working in mathematical logic
> > myself, I can confirm the statement. I think \inviota would be a more
> > useful addition the the `greek half' of MC than the exotic greek numerals
> > or \varbeta, which have been removed in the latest release (by Ulriks
> > reorganization of MC/MSP/MS1). If wanted, I can dig up references for
> > the actual use of \inviota in the literature.
> I suppose this \inviota would have a similar role as the \backepsilon
> (`such that') and would exist only in one shape if available at all? 

Yes, I guess so.
> > So what do you think ?
> If it is a well-established notation, why not?  I have no idea how
> many users there are in the specific field of mathematical logic, 
> but I suppose the use of \eth and \thorn for some special kinds of
> differentials in quantum field theory is equally rare.  (Although
> the latter could, if necessary, always be taken from a T1 font.)

Well, I reckon the number of potential users of \inviota is some orders
of a magnitude smaller than the numbers for \eth and \thorn (but the
physicists won't have a hard time in finding a use for a new symbol, no ?)

Anyway, I just went down to the library and can confirm that \inviota
is used in some books of Quine, eg

Quine, Grundzuege der Logik, p 276
Quine, Selected logic papers, p 45

He quotes Frege and Peano for the notation, but I couldn'd find a reference.
I remember some other books where I have seen variants of i, j or \iota 
used for the same purpose, probably because the \inviota was unavailable.