[XeTeX] xunicode for maths
will at guerilla.net.au
Tue Feb 14 01:27:36 CET 2006
As you know, Ross Moore's excellent package xunicode provides macro
names for a very large number of unicode characters. (Wait. Jonathan,
do I need to call them "glyphs"? Sorry, anyway:)
While XeTeX cannot currently handle maths characters using proper TeX
techniques, it is still possible to obtain those glyphs in
mathematics using amsmath's (and others') \text command. This was
shown a long time ago (Sept. 2004) by Bruno Voisin.
I would like to propose a xunicode-like package to provide for
mapping macros to unicode maths glyphs, for two reasons:
- It allows us to experiment with existing methods, to see how far
we can stretch XeTeX's current interface to deal with unicode maths;
- At a later date, it provides the groundwork for a proper
solution, provided the implementation now is well conceived.
Please find attached a .dtx file that can be compiled with XeTeX
+LaTeX (you must have Code2001 installed, the only freely available
font I know that contains unicode maths characters). It provides a
skeleton of what a unicode maths package might become.
Right now I am interested in comments and tentative volunteers for
adding in the rest of the symbols. I've CC-ed this to Chris Rowley:
are you on the XeTeX mailing list?
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