[NTG-context] Latin setupmathematics

Hans Åberg haberg-1 at telia.com
Sun May 15 22:06:17 CEST 2016


> On 15 May 2016, at 20:42, Hans Hagen <pragma at wxs.nl> wrote:
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> On 5/15/2016 8:31 PM, Hans Åberg wrote:
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>>> there will always be some kind of escape
>> 
>> Hopefully from TeX as well. :-)
> 
> you can use ms word (which has tex like math but with a gui)

That falls far short, though there mathematicians using that too, thinking TeX has too a steep learning curve. Perhaps there is an open source alternative.

> but eventually typesetting will become a niche and end up in the arts but i will probably not live long enough to see that happen

From the point of computer language design, TeX is not very good. One of the pitfalls of macro programming is that it gives the impression of lambda calculus efficiency without having it so one ends up spending a lot of time figuring out trivialities, which is why eventually was added, I gather.

>>> also, the lack of an upright alphabet in unicode will always make some 'x' in the input either math of text so one also needs to indicate where math starts and ends
>> 
>> As far as Unicode is concerned, the ASCII and Greeks ranges are the upright ones. But those ranges will be used for math italic as long as there are no efficient input methods. Designing ones own keyboard map is a chore with so many math styles.
> 
> well, law, week i heard about emoticons in different colors as well as gender so maybe some day we will have a math upright alphabet to distinguish it from regular latin

Doubt it, but I am checking it out:
http://unicode.org/pipermail/unicode/2016-May/003632.html


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