[XeTeX] Lucida Math Opentype

Scott Murman smurman at segosha.net
Tue Feb 22 17:42:51 CET 2005

> To what extent TeX or eTeX, upon which XeTeX is based, can be adapted 
> from its original 7-bit, then 8-bit, design to the 16-bit Unicode 
> design, I wonder. TeX seems so firmly rooted in its 7-bit soil, 
> especially when math is involved, that turning it into a good Unicode 
> citizen seems like discovering a nightmarish landscape of 
> compatibility issues. Probably I'm just getting pessimistic these 
> days...

> Bruno Voisin

i think this is a case of "if you build it, they will come".   there 
really isn't a migration path from traditional latex math to unicode 
math, hence a completely new method is required like \omathchar.    
people will migrate to the new method if/when they see a benefit, 
especially since it can be made backward compatible for the most part.  
since we all believe 16-bit math/symbols would be beneficial, it will 
happen.  if no-one steps off the edge of the cliff and puts out a 
proposal, then we'll all just wallow around wondering why things aren't 
to my limited viewpoint, \omathchar seems a reasonable starting point, 
and you'd have some leverage with two schemes using it.


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