[XeTeX] Greek (and other Unicode) letters in math mode

Gerrit z0idberg at gmx.de
Tue May 31 21:47:27 CEST 2011

Am 31.05.2011 21:27, schrieb Apostolos Syropoulos:
> I think you should use package unicode-math and one of the few OpenType
> fonts that include a MATH table to achieve what you are asking. In different
> words, what you ask is already here! Not to mention that this capability can be
> enabled even in LaTeX by loading the package elmath:
> http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/elmath
> A.S.
Oh, great, thank you! Sometimes I am really surprised what is already 
there. :-)
I’ll give it a try - although if the freely available Opentype fonts are 
not as beautiful as cmr...?

Am 31.05.2011 21:28, schrieb Arno Trautmann:
> With a good keyboard layout, one can have most mathematical symbol at
> hand; on mine (the Neo layout¹) I have all greek characters as well as
> ∏, ∑, ∫ and many others …

Well, I enhanced my keyboard layout as well, but usually it is not as 
convenient as to write it out. When I have to press AltGr+Shift + some 
other keys at the same time to get α, I think it is easier to just type 
\alpha. Usually, it is not that often that I need Greek letters, so that 
they don’t warrant a special key.
(by the way, I’m still wondering why there is no input method like the 
Japanese one for latin based scripts... in Japanese, you just type 
“alpha” and you can select α from a list. If that would be available for 
alphabetic languages, you could put almost every character on the 
keyboard without having to have 5 levels on the keyboard...

Well, either way, thank you both. I’ll just give it a try :)


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