Doubt about OpenSymbol and Math

Olivier Hallot olivier.hallot at
Tue Jun 4 05:17:25 PDT 2013

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Em 04-06-2013 06:43, Noel Grandin escreveu:

> I think the question that Marcos is asking is a little different.
> Math typography is slightly weird in that people like to invent their
> own symbols, and symbols are often very particular to quite a small
> group of mathematicians.
> Lots of the more common symbols have local variants that are only used
> within a specific nation, or within a grouping of academic institutions.
> So no font is ever going to be able to capture more than the most widely
> used variants of the symbols.
> So what I think he wants is the ability to define custom new shapes at
> runtime and add them to some kind of gallery, and to be able to embed
> them into a document.

Hi Noel

This is what I suspect STIX(1) fonts are about: provide to scientific
community a font that covers all/most of the math/science demands. You
will notice that STIX fonts has a quite hefty support organizations.

So basically, given that STIX has all the symbols, why do we need
OpenSymbol and the work to fill the gaps?

Side note1: Does it make sense to embed fonts in a Math file (as in

Side note2: LO can do a marketing fuss if it supports STIX natively.


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