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RE: (Small) straightphi vs varphi

From: Eduardo Tabacman <eduardot@dessci.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2003 06:33:13 -0700
Message-ID: <46566A3075DDD311969100E0811031EC0158348B@euclid.dessci>
To: www-math@w3.org


> I think MathML 2 is in agreement with
> http://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/U0370.pdf
> 
> 3C6: straight phi  GREEK SMALL LETTER PHI
> 3D5: cursive phi   GREEK PHI SYMBOL

Well, not quite.

The glyph for 3C6 in 
 http://www.w3.org/TR/2003/PER-MathML2-20030804/003.html
 is the straight one, and the names given for it in 
 http://www.w3.org/TR/2003/PER-MathML2-20030804/bycodes.html 
 are "phiv, varphi" (for 3D5: 'loopy' glyph, names: "phi, straightphi")
These glyphs are reversed from the Unicode chart above.

Much as I disagree with the explanation of the swapping given 
 in the Unicode docs, it seems to me that the glyphs in the MathML 
 documentation should be swapped to agree with Unicode, and be more
 in line with the names.
It is still awkward that the name "phi" would correspond to a character 
 outside the run of the other small greek letters; if possible, 
 I think it should be reassigned to 3C6.

Eduardo.
Received on Friday, 12 September 2003 09:33:15 GMT

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