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Chapter 7. Fonts and Encodings > 7.8. The LaTeX world of symbols

7.8. The LaTeX world of symbols

Shortly after TeX and came into existence, people started to develop new symbol fonts for use with the system. Over time the set of available symbols grew to a considerable number. The Comprehensive LaTeX Symbol List by Scott Pakin [134] lists 2590 symbols1 and the corresponding LaTeX commands that produce them. For some symbols the necessary fonts and support packages may have to be obtained (e.g., from a CTAN host; see Appendix C) and installed by the user. They are usually accompanied by installation instructions and general documentation.

1 Counted spring 2003.

The fonts and packages described in this section form only a subset of what is available. If you cannot find a symbol here, the 70 pages of [134] are a valuable resource for locating what you need. We start by looking at a number of dingbat fonts, some of which contain quite unusual symbols. This examination is followed by an introduction to the TIPA system, which provides support for phonetic symbols. The section finishes with a discussion of ways to obtain a single (though in Europe not unimportant) symbol: the euro. Being a relatively new addition to the symbol world, it is missing in many fonts and thus needs alternative ways to produce it. All packages and fonts listed in this section and in [134] are freely available.


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