# Re: Too narrowly defined: DIVISION SIGN & COLON

From: Asmus Freytag <asmusf_at_ix.netcom.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2012 06:14:11 -0700

The time to encode this ad-hoc symbol would arrive some time after
others republish your proof *without* choosing a different symbol...at
which point it would have become part of a "convention".

A./

On 7/13/2012 5:20 AM, Julian Bradfield wrote:
> On 2012-07-13, Michael Everson <everson_at_evertype.com> wrote:
>> On 13 Jul 2012, at 11:07, Julian Bradfield wrote:
>> So... U+1D7CC MATHEMATICAL ITALIC SMALL MU NU LIGATURE, since it's published and (assuming the work is worthy; I cannot judge) might be cited by others.
> It *might*, by some hapless master's student regurgitating the
> proof. But that doesn't mean it should be encoded. It's an ad hoc
> symbol, local to a particular series of papers (in so far as there is
> a customary symbol, it's \sigma, but in that series of papers I needed
> \sigma for another purpose), and within those papers, local to the
> proof of particular theorems.
> Anybody who reads the papers with understanding will realize that, and
> therefore feel free to use any other symbol that is convenient to
> them, if they don't feel like putting together a mu-nu symbol.
> Once, I used $\mu \atop \nu$ (a small mu on top of a small nu) instead
> -- that's in print too, in a very expensive book! Would you want to
> encode that too?
>
> If you're looking for more characters to encode, I'd rather see
> COMBINING DOUBLE TILDE BELOW
> which is used in Ladefoged and Maddieson, The Sounds of the World's
> Language, to denote the strident vowels of Khoisan languages, and
> which I therefore use in my work too.
>
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