From: Jörg Knappen (email@example.com)
Date: Tue May 31 2005 - 04:12:45 CDT
On Sat, 14 May 2005, Murray Sargent wrote:
> The STIX committee (see http://www.unicode.org/reports/tr25/ for
> references) chose the sets of mathematical alphanumerics. I agree with
> you that sans-serif characters in general are rarely used in
> mathematics, at least in the mathematics of physics.
I once surveyed the usage of different kinds of greek in math and physics
(and had a talk about this on EuroTeX 1992 in Prague). I encountered
italic sans serif greek letters (for tensors) in one journal, this journal
was >>Il nouvo cimento<<.
> My guess is that
> the STIX committee didn't find enough mathematical usage for sans-serif
> upright and italic Greek characters to justify including them. One can
> always resort back to higher-level character formatting to render such
> characters, but then the sans-serif distinction is lost on export to
> plain text. Such loss would imply a change in semantics. But so far,
> anyhow, we haven't seen a need for mathematical sans-serif and
> sans-serif italic Greek sets.
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