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Re: Math Arrows and Harpoons
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- Subject: Re: Math Arrows and Harpoons
- From: David Carlisle <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Fri, 13 Nov 1998 15:33:39 GMT
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(Hans if you are on math-font I'll kill that CC so we don't all get
multiple copies: speaking of which sorry that posters get a bounce from
an ancient past address of mine. I've asked Alan to remove it from the
That is long but you could have a consistent four part naming scheme
direction (left, right, or perhaps N, S, NE, ...)
`back end' (relative to direction) (eg double , or harpoon, or ...)
`front end' ditto
`stem' straight double wavy
The names of each part can be reasonably short like `r' rather than
`right' for right.
This would correspond well with the notions of arrows in say xypic or
the `arrow kit' developed by people on this list.
> please bear in mind the precedence of my sources:
> - the texbook
> ...other tex-ish sources....
TeX is a fine typesetter but its choice of command names is an abysmal
precedent. In general, and especially on this subject of math symbol
There will of course need to be a tex setup giving tex users some more
or less familiar naming interface to these characters, but surely if
there is ever a time to try to give a consistent naming scheme, at least
to the systematic characters like arrows, then now is that time.