**From:** Hans Aberg (*haberg@math.su.se*)

**Date:** Sat May 14 2005 - 17:33:06 CDT

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At 13:51 -0700 2005/05/14, Murray Sargent wrote:

*>The STIX committee (see http://www.unicode.org/reports/tr25/ for
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*>references) chose the sets of mathematical alphanumerics. I agree with
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*>you that sans-serif characters in general are rarely used in
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*>mathematics, at least in the mathematics of physics. My guess is that
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*>the STIX committee didn't find enough mathematical usage for sans-serif
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*>upright and italic Greek characters to justify including them. One can
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*>always resort back to higher-level character formatting to render such
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*>characters, but then the sans-serif distinction is lost on export to
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*>plain text. Such loss would imply a change in semantics. But so far,
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*>anyhow, we haven't seen a need for mathematical sans-serif and
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*>sans-serif italic Greek sets.
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Based on the character semantics principle, the sans-serif forms

should probably not have been added. But now, when they are added,

and cannot be removed, the lack of the Greek sans-serif forms looks

as an anomaly. I will probably stick to the serif forms, and not use

the non-serif ones. So it will not be a big issue to myself. I think

most mathematicians will do likewise.

-- Hans Aberg

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