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**To**:*math-font-discuss@cogs.susx.ac.uk***Subject**:**Re: math roman/italic****From**:*alanje@cogs.susx.ac.uk (Alan Jeffrey)***Date**: Tue, 31 Aug 93 12:56 BST

> Here is a new consideration. Classical French math >typography normally makes capital (one letter) variables *math >roman* and lowercase (one letter) variables *math italic*. Thanks for the info! There are at least two ways this could be handled in TeX: a) Change the mathcode for A--Z to be from family 0 by default rather than family 2. b) Create a MC-encoded virtual font with roman Latin uc and italic Latin lc. Option (b) is more complex (and means yet another VF!) but has the advantage of allowing for better kerning, ligaturing and subscript positioning than option (a). You pays your money and you takes your choice... With such a document design, you would certainly need a math roman and a math italic that sit well together. But with other document designs, the math roman and math italic will be from quite different fonts. It's really up to the document designer. Alan.

**References**:**math roman/italic***From:*lcs@suntopo (Laurent Siebenmann)

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