**From:** Jörg Knappen (*knappen@uni-mainz.de*)

**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 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.
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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
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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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--J"org Knappen

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