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Re: Primed Symbols in Mathematica

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  • Subject: [mg93766] Re: [mg93720] Primed Symbols in Mathematica
  • From: John Fultz <jfultz at>
  • Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2008 07:17:34 -0500 (EST)
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You might find other characters in the Unicode spec which are treated by 
Mathematica as letter-like, but have the appearance you want.  For example, on 
my Vista system, \:02b9 displays fine (unfortunately, \:02ba, the doubled 
version, does not).  Japanese has a double prime at \301e, but it won't look as 
nice since it's being pulled from whatever Japanese font the system determines 
should be substituted for your font.

There's an advantage to using these since they're in standard Unicode positions, 
but your mileage may vary from system to system and font to font as to whether 
there's actually a glyph for the character or not.

John Fultz
jfultz at
User Interface Group
Wolfram Research, Inc.

On Mon, 24 Nov 2008 04:11:56 -0500 (EST), David Park wrote:
> Notice that if you type
> x\[Prime]   or x\[DoublePrime]
> into Mathematica you obtain a perfectly good Symbol that can be used in
> any Mathematica expression. And you could use any other leading
> character(s) instead of x. The only trouble is that the Prime and
> DoublePrime sit at too low a level and therefore this does not look good.
> However, WRI has added many characters to the Mathematica character set
> and I don't see any reason why they couldn't add prime and double prime
> characters that DO sit at the correct level. This would make it very easy
> to use primed symbols without any other special programming or routines.
> I have to admit that I have broached this idea before and so far have not
> found even a single Mathematica user that was interested in such a
> facility. Still, primed symbols are very common in textbooks and papers
> and it seems to me that it would be useful to have an easy access to them
> in Mathematica.
> David Park
> djmpark at
> <>

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