# [texhax] do +, / have special meaning in normal text?

Michel Onoff michel.onoff at web.de
Thu Oct 13 14:17:13 CEST 2011

It seems to me that + has some special meaning in ordinary text since it
is typeset the same even in sans serif font.

Run the following short AMS-LaTeX doc to see the output.

\documentclass{amsart}
\usepackage{amsmath,amsfonts,amssymb}

\begin{document}
This is a sans serif \textsf{-} hyphen.

But the sans serif \textsf{+} plus seems identical with the + sign in
the current serif font.
The same happens with the sans serif \textsf{/} slash and the usual /.

What is happening?
Do + or / have some special meaning in normal text?
I don't think so, but I must be wrong!

\end{document}