A last missing link for interoperable representation

Khaled Hosny via Unicode unicode at unicode.org
Sun Jan 13 15:43:11 CST 2019

On Sun, Jan 13, 2019 at 04:52:25PM +0000, Julian Bradfield via Unicode wrote:
> On 2019-01-12, James Kass via Unicode <unicode at unicode.org> wrote:
> > This is an italicized word:
> > ������������������������
> > ... where the "geek" hacker used Latin italics letters from the math 
> > alphanumeric range as though they were Latin italics letters.
> It's a sequence of question marks unless you have an up to date
> Unicode font set up (which, as it happens, I don't for the terminal in
> which I read this mailing list). Since actual mathematicians don't use
> the Unicode math alphabets, there's no strong incentive to get updated
> fonts.

They do, but not necessarily by directly inputting them. LaTeX with the
“unicode-math” package will translate ASCII + font switches to the
respective Unicode math alphanumeric characters. Word will do the same.
Even browsers rendering MathML will do the same (though most likely the
MathML source will have the math alphanumeric characters already).


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