## LaTeX forum ⇒ Text Formatting ⇒ LaTeX symbols for biographical data

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dennis.walter
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### LaTeX symbols for biographical data

When providing biographical data about a person, it is common to use a star (*) and a cross in front of the dates of birth and death. I wonder which symbols one is supposed to use for this purpose in LaTeX's Computer/Latin Modern fonts. Are there any pre-defined commands? I couldn't find them in the comprehensive LaTeX symbol list...

Thanks!

gmedina
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Hi,

dennis.walter wrote:...Are there any pre-defined commands? I couldn't find them in the comprehensive LaTeX symbol list...

Did you try these? (all present in the Comprehensive LaTeX Symbol List):

\documentclass{article}\usepackage{bbding} \begin{document} \dag\Cross \FiveStarOpen\SixStar \end{document}

or these?:

\documentclass{article}\usepackage{marvosym}\usepackage{pifont,MnSymbol} \begin{document} \Cross\ding{73}$\largestar$ \end{document}

If none of the above symbols satisfy your requirements, please attach an image (or provide a link) showing the exact symbols that you are trying to get.
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dennis.walter
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Joined: Tue Jun 29, 2010 12:32 pm
Oh yes, I did try them. I think the lines in \Cross are slightly too thick. And \dag, as the name suggests, produces a dagger, not a cross.

I like the cross that is used on Wikipedia. (E.g. http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winston_Churchill) There it's just a Unicode character that apparently is present in my standard browser font.

But thank you for your suggestions!