[tex-live] italic Pound sign

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Sat May 19 19:16:21 CEST 2012

2012/5/18 Anne Wainwright <anotheranne at fables.co.za>:
> Hi,
> My perl script used to convert database files into a tex like file
> produces the following bit of code.
> \begin{math}\mathbf{\boldsymbol{\pounds}25.00}\end{math}
> This was the only way that I could get a 'bold' pound sign, but this is
> in an italic font, only the pound sign - not the numerals.
> It doesn't look bad, but then I would prefer it in an upright font, what
> am I doing wrong here?
Wouldn't it be better to use Xe(La)TeX or Lua(La)TeX and a Unicode
font containing the proper currency symbols? You can do a lot with
traditional 8-bit (La)TeX but if you do not need compatibility with
old files and your texts are not bound to these old programs, I will
certainly suggest to use Unicode-aware tools.

> Any guidance greatfully received.
> Anne

Zdeněk Wagner

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