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Re: Script, Gothic and DoubleStruck Characters

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  • Subject: [mg45668] Re: [mg45655] Script, Gothic and DoubleStruck Characters
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu>
  • Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2004 02:34:38 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
  • References: <200401170058.TAA18745@smc.vnet.net>
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The double-struck letters on my Mathematica 5.0.1 system do show the 
double-struck lines clearly if I magnify, say, by using Format > Screen 
Style Environment > Presentation.  Even at normal Screen Style 
Environment > Working I can clealy distinguish these letters from 
ordinary capitals, although at that small a display size, the vertical 
on the double-struck R and F, for example, just looks like a thick 
stroke; on the double-struck C and T, for example, the two strokes are 
clearly visible.

This is under Windows XP, on a CRT monitor at 1280 x 1024.

David Park wrote:

> How many users are happy with the Script, Gothic and DoubleStruck characters on the Complete Characters Palette?
> 
> Although I find the Greek characters acceptable, I find the other character sets almost unusable.
> 
> The basic problem is that they are not commensurate in size with the regular Latin characters, but significantly smaller. At the normal 100% magnification they are almost impossible to read whereas the Latin and Greek characters are fine. (For example Capital Script E looks very much like a Greek delta.) Because of the detail of their typography it would be better if these characters were actually a little larger than the Latin characters.
> 
> Furthermore, sometime after Version 4.0, the DoubleStruck characters changed so that, for me, the double struck portion is just a solid line, even at larger magnification.
> 
> It would also be nice if there were an additional slightly larger, bold, sans-serif letter set.  This would be easy to read and could be used to represent vectors and tensors.
> 
> Along the same line, what symbol do users working in physics use to represent energy? All the text books use E but this is reserved in Mathematica.
> 
> These extra sets of characters are important because they are distinguished internally from the Latin characters. It would be nice if their size and typography were improved so they were actually useful.
> 
> David Park
> djmp at earthlink.net
> http://home.earthlink.net/~djmp/ 
> 
> 

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