[texhax] a question I can't find in the FAQs

Northrup, Katherine kanorthrup at exchange.ursinus.edu
Mon Jan 19 04:54:50 CET 2004

Dear Sir or Madam:

   My name is Katherine Northrup and I am an undergraduate student at
Ursinus College (near Philadelphia, PA) writing in LaTeX for the first time.
I must say I'm very pleased with the appearance of my output and the ease of
writing in LaTeX, with the exception of one detail that I hope you can help

  I'm writing a translation of an ancient astronomical text (Aristarchus of
Samos) and I'm trying to put a rounded over line over the groups of letters
that represent semicircles and arcs in the text.  I know about \overline for
the straight lines to denote line segments; I'd like to mark the arcs
accordingly.  My instructor found the \arc command 
which invokes the frown and the stack function, but this really doesn't look
very good at all, especially over more than 2 characters (and I mostly need
it over 3).

  I'm hoping there is a simple way to do this; surely enough geometers write
in LaTeX that there might be.  I'd appreciate any advice at all about this
matter.  If you don't know of a way to do so, could you please put me into
contact with someone who might, or else suggest a search I might try on CTAN
that would show me documents that might contain such a symbol?

Thank you very much for your time and consideration of this matter.  I'm
very grateful.


Katherine Northrup

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