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Re: Math 1 Fonts Problem, Another Aspect

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  • Subject: [mg30802] Re: Math 1 Fonts Problem, Another Aspect
  • From: aes <siegman at>
  • Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2001 00:16:42 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Stanford University
  • References: <9nh2bu$m9$>
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In article <9nh2bu$m9$1 at>,
 "P.J. Hinton" <paulh at> wrote:

> A similar question on this topic was posed to MathGroup not more than two
> weeks ago, and pointers to an explanation and solution were provided in a
> prompt reply.
> Perhaps this article escaped your attention?

Re the Math-1 problem:

Just in case anyone is misled by my preceding posting (which had some 
sarcasm in it), or by the order in which Paul Hinton's and my posts 
appeared, let's be clear that even though The Mathematica Book says on 
page 1222 in its description of TextStyle:

   "The style specified by TextStyle in a graphics object is
   used by default for ALL text, including labels and tick
   marks" (emphasis mine)

nonetheless if you do something like

   Plot[ x^2-5,  {x, -3, 3}, TextStyle->{ FontFamily->"Helvetica"} ]

the *numbers* in the axis labels will appear in Helvetica -- but the 
*minus signs* on the negative axis labels will all be in Math-1 (even 
though there's a perfectly good minus sign in Helvetica).

Or, should you try

   PlotLabel->StyleForm[ "x = 30 (new units)", FontFamily->"Helvetica" ]

the equals sign and the parens will be in Math-1, again even though 
these are perfectly good characters in Helvetica.

Should you want to turn off this behavior you have to use an obscure 
option "PrivateFontOptions" which is not mentioned in either The 
Mathematica Book or the online help for TextStyle or StyleForm (or in 
the MathGroup message referred to above).

So perhaps the MathGroup article escaped my attention because about the 
time it came out I was trying to meet the deadline for a report which 
was to be sent electronically to a lot of other people, and couldn't be 
sent with legal warnings on its use in other systems; and I had to spend 
(aka waste) several hours at the last minute opening two dozen Exported 
illustrations in Illustrator in order to track down and hand-correct 
these Math-1 font problems.

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