RE: Mathematical Greek Alphanumeric Symbols

From: Jörg Knappen (
Date: Tue May 31 2005 - 04:12:45 CDT

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    On Sat, 14 May 2005, Murray Sargent wrote:

    > The STIX committee (see 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.

    --J"org Knappen

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