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Re: Primed Symbols in Mathematica

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  • Subject: [mg93786] Re: Primed Symbols in Mathematica
  • From: "Steve Luttrell" <steve at>
  • Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2008 05:10:24 -0500 (EST)
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I find that both the \:02b9 (single prime) and the \:02ba (double prime) 
display OK on my Vista system. The double prime looks exactly (same size and 
height) like a doubled version of the single prime.

Stephen Luttrell
West Malvern, UK

"John Fultz" <jfultz at> wrote in message 
news:gggqcg$2uv$1 at
> 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.
> Sincerely,
> 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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