[XeTeX] unicode-math package (Was re. ... and \UnicodeMathSymbol command)
Nicolas Vaughan
nivaca at gmail.com
Sun Jun 21 21:34:06 CEST 2009
Thank, Joel. Very interesting. I will be fiddling with it.
Best wishes,
Nicolas
On Sun, Jun 21, 2009 at 1:12 PM, Joel C. Salomon <joelcsalomon at gmail.com>wrote:
> Nicolas Vaughan wrote:
> > I haven't been able to find information on the unicode-math package.
> > What's it for exactly?
>
> Recent versions of Unicode (since 4.0, IIRC) include in Plane 1 special
> mathematical alphabets; see <http://tinyurl.com/unicode-math-alpha>.
> Some fonts include all these characters, along with special kerning
> tables designed for mathematical use. The unicode-math package allows
> these fonts to be used with XɘTeX, negating the need for special metrics
> files &c. The package is still in an early pre-release stage, and Will
> is too busy to give it much time now, but it’s already pretty usable.
>
> At present time, however, there are exactly *two* fonts that implement
> the Unicode Mathematical Alphanumeric Symbols along with the necessary
> OpenType tables: Microsoft’s Cambria Math (available with Office 2007)
> and Apostolos Syropoulos’s Asana Math (on CTAN).
>
> There are also several in-progress fonts. Ross Mills of Tiro Typeworks
> (who did most of the maths work for Cambria Math) is working on a font
> he calls Maxwell; see <http://tiro.com/fonts.html>. Johannes Küster of
> typoma GmbH is working on Minion Math, a companion to Adobe’s Minion Pro
> (Minion name used under license), Latin Modern Math and (along with
> Hermann Zapf) a revision of Euler; see <http://typoma.com/en/fonts.html>
> and <http://typoma.com/en/projects.html>. Finally, the STIX Fonts
> Project has been working on a Times-like maths set for a while; expect
> them to be done any decade now, with the OpenType tables set to follow
> not much more than a century later.
>
> The development version of unicode-math can be downloaded from
> <http://github.com/wspr/unicode-math/tree/master>; put unicode-math.sty,
> unicode-math.tex, and unicode-math-add.tex somewhere XɘLaTeX can find
> them, and experiment.
>
> —Joel Salomon
>
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