STIX symbol sample

I just put together the following table of symbols from the STIX fonts for comparison. However, comparing this image with the others is made difficult by the fact that it is was generated by hand in InkScape (grumble, Adobe CS2 and Leopard, grumble) rather from a LaTeX document. Therefore, it was difficult to accurately rasterize the vector image such that I know the relative sizes and weights are accurately portrayed.

STIX symbol sample (corrected)

Update: oxlahun noted that I forgot to put \leadsto in the table.

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  1. oxlahun said,

    November 6, 2007 @ 2:30 am

    There’s no wavy arrow, and the double square brackets look funky. Gentzen is much nicer. 🙂

    This does make a case for the geometric universal and existential quantifiers. Without seeing them in context, I still have a feeling that the weight on these is sufficient to make them complement Times (and not be as jarring as, say, Euler). The problem might be less about letter-like shapes being uncharacteristically geometric than simply about the density variation in the line of text. I wonder what these would look like in Gentzen if you did them in the style of your other geometric symbols (pointed ends on the strokes, &c.).

    Wait. Is that the opposite of what I claimed before? I don’t remember.

  2. washburn said,

    November 6, 2007 @ 3:59 pm

    There’s no wavy arrow,

    Actually there is, I was just tired and missed it. I’ve fixed the image.

    and the double square brackets look funky. Gentzen is much nicer. 🙂

    Thanks 🙂

    Without seeing them in context, I still have a feeling that the weight on these is sufficient to make them complement Times

    Yes, they are certainly better than the somewhat anemic default symbols.

    I wonder what these would look like in Gentzen if you did them in the style of your other geometric symbols (pointed ends on the strokes, &c.).

    I have been thinking about making two sets, one more geometric and the other more calligraphic. However, that would be a longer term goal; I do not think I will have enough time to do all that work before I need to deposit.

    Wait. Is that the opposite of what I claimed before? I don’t remember.

    If I understand you correctly, I think you are being consistent.

  3. oxlahun said,

    November 7, 2007 @ 1:39 am

    It looks like I was saying I was going to challenge you on being more calligraphic not because I thought it was a bad idea, but because I thought maybe the jarring effect was actually desirable–if the text flowed too easily, it would be easy to miss very fine but important distinctions.

    The speculation above was intended as neutral on that, more investigatory about what would happen if you changed only \forall and \exists to use only the subtly calligraphic strokes in, say, +.

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