[texhax] math symbols

Robin Fairbairns Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Mon May 9 22:21:48 CEST 2005

> Wow. Scathing, as usual.

send sensible questions (with at least some context) and you often
find we don't have to guess when answering.  i'm not the only one who
makes comments about silly questions like your original...

> It took me a long time to figure out to put the $'s around symbols to make
> them work right.  for alot of symbols I try to use I find that I also must
> \usepackage{amssymb} but this might not be true for \beta.

take a look at any intro doc, like lshort (available in the language
of your choice from any ctan).

> what do you mean, though, when you say that the former is more robust?

if you miss bits off (you're not the only one to do this...) it's
likely to give you an error sooner.

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