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user49915
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A Times' clone that distinguishes between α and a

Postby user49915 » Thu Nov 28, 2019 9:32 pm

Sometimes we wish to typeset Reo timed data streams. Following §12 of Arbab's http://homepages.cwi.nl/~farhad/MSCS03Reo.pdf , we write ⟨α, a⟩:
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  1. \documentclass{standalone}
  2. \usepackage{unicode-math}
  3. \setmathfont[Ligatures=TeX]{TeX Gyre Termes Math}%%% Using Times (more realistically: a Times' clone) is a must.
  4. %\setmathfont[Ligatures=TeX]{CambriaMath.ttf}%%% Not Times, but is not better anyway
  5. \begin{document}
  6. \(\langle \alpha,a\rangle\)
  7. \end{document}

The result given by xelatex or lualatex, is, erm, no better than in Arbab's paper:
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Is there any Times' clone as TTF or OTF that provides a better distinction between the two symbols?

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Postby kaiserkarl13 » Thu Jan 02, 2020 5:13 am

The glyph that comes with txfonts and newtxmath is slightly different than the one below (last stroke is a bit more curly, initial stroke thinner and at a different angle), but it depends on what you mean by "distinguish." I personally think the difference in the font you showed is similar to that in the lmodern fonts, but evidently that's me.

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Postby user49915 » Sun Jan 19, 2020 2:46 am

kaiserkarl13 wrote:The glyph that comes with txfonts and newtxmath is slightly different than the one below (last stroke is a bit more curly, initial stroke thinner and at a different angle)

So, do you suggest that we try out txfonts and newtxmath? Recall that TTF/OTF was asked for in the OP.
Further, I don't quite understand what you mean by "below".


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