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RE: MathML and web fonts

From: Murray Sargent <murrays@exchange.microsoft.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2010 21:29:11 +0000
To: J.Fine <j.fine@open.ac.uk>
CC: "www-math@w3.org" <www-math@w3.org>
Message-ID: <D40206FDA252B748A81B86DF8EE0C9B5234597B5@DF-M14-04.exchange.corp.microsoft.com>
J.Fine asks, "In short, if TeX or TeX-like fonts are available can they be used in MathML?"

TeX fonts do not use Unicode, whereas browsers and most MathML renderers do use Unicode. If you (or someone) can convert TeX fonts to Unicode, they might be usable. But a math font is one of the most intricate kinds of fonts (see my post http://blogs.msdn.com/b/murrays/archive/2010/01/12/special-capabilities-of-a-math-font.aspx), and the way TeX implements math functionality may well differ from the way various math renderers implement it. There is a plan to add this functionality to the STIX fonts (http://www.stixfonts.org) and to use it in XeTeX (http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&id=XeTeX), a Unicode version of TeX. The STIX fonts are based on Times Roman and contain the complete Unicode math symbol set. In fact, Unicode was extended to support the math symbols in the STIX fonts.

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