From: James Kass (email@example.com)
Date: Mon Nov 13 2006 - 15:45:52 CST
Adam Twardoch wrote,
> Cambria Math is a font that includes a special OpenType table ("MATH")
> that defines the relationships between different glyphs used in
> typesetting mathematics. Microsoft is planning to release the
> specification for the mathematical OpenType extensions along with some
> tools in near future. It is also likely that XeTeX will be the first TeX
> system that will be able to use the Unicode/OpenType mathematical fonts.
> I personally think that investing the effort of developing a font with
> just the mathematical glyphs defined in the Unicode standard included,
> without the OpenType math-specific extensions that will allow the font
> to work in Office 2007 and XeTeX (for example), kind of misses the point.
It is, however, a necessary first step. Besides, not all of us use word processors
and plain-text is still considered useful by some people.
A fall-back font containing these math characters can at least populate a
Unicode chart in applications like Unibook.
Microsoft has a history of not releasing OpenType specifications for
specific scripts until they are already including supporting fonts with
certain of their products. If working towards supporting such scripts
in absence of any kind of specification is pointless, then I guess I'll just
have to be pointless.
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