[XeTeX] On an ugly hack to mathbf only in the local style.

Michaël Cadilhac michael at cadilhac.name
Tue Oct 30 07:21:35 CET 2012

Hi there folks,

I have gotten used to write vectors in my documents as $\vec{v}$.
$\vec$, basically, is a mathbf.  Naturally, if I have vectors v_1,
v_2, v_3, I'd like to write \vec{v_1}, \vec{v_2}, \vec{v_3}.  But
here, I want to mathbf only the `v`.  Thus I used this ugly hack,
contributed by fine people at StackExchange, which (1) saves the font
in which a mathbf text would be displayed and (2) changes to mathbf
ONLY the font of the current style:

  %% Gather all the fonts -- text, script, script script --.
  \setbox0\hbox{$\mathbf{\xdef\vec at ts{\the\textfont\fam}%
                         \xdef\vec at ss{\the\scriptfont\fam}%
                         \xdef\vec at sss{\the\scriptscriptfont\fam}}$}%
  \def\vec at font##1##2{##1 0=##2 ##1 1=##2}%
  %% Return in the right style, apply the bf font ONLY for the local style.
  \mathchoice{\hbox{$\displaystyle\vec at font{\textfont}{\vec at ts} #1$}}%
        {\hbox{$\textstyle\vec at font{\textfont}{\vec at ts} #1$}}%
        {\hbox{$\scriptstyle\vec at font{\scriptfont}{\vec at ss} #1$}}%
        {\hbox{$\scriptscriptstyle\vec at font{\scriptscriptfont}{\vec at sss} #1$}}}%

I do admit I have only the slightest clue of how this precisely works;
especially, I'm not sure why I added \vec at font to set so many font
families.  However, it did work, and I went with it.

Then I switched to XeTeX --- I wanted to use the XITS fonts.  And as
any ugly hack, mine wasn't supposed to be supported any longer; can't
blame anyone but myself here.

Thus I'm searching for some help to find a clean^H^H^H^H^Hworking
solution for this problem.  Any help?

Thanks a lot in advance!


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