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I have several symbols I don't know how to make. I have already gone to http://detexify.kirelabs.org/classify.html to try to get answers, but I failed. Please help me.


For the check with a box around, I use the following code, but it doesn't look as nice as the above one.

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I don't know about the first symbol, but symbols-a4 says that the package wasysym offers \CheckedBox and \XBox, which look like what you want for the latter two. Unfortunately the \XBox glyph isn't quite as calligraphic as the checked box you use, but still looks alright.

The marvosym package also offers \Checkedbox and \Crossedbox, which are calligraphic.

Do you know the name of the first symbol?

Hope this helps

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thank you. yes, both wasysym and marvosym do have checked box and x box. i have looked through symbols-a4, but i missed them. for the first symbol, no name for it as i know. for civil engineer, it means the third grade of steel bar. – warem Feb 3 '11 at 6:07
I was able to generate a fair approximation of your steel bar symbol using a modification of one of the examples given for composite symbols in the symbols-a4 document: \newcommand{\steelbar}{\ooalign{$\upmodels$\raisebox{1.5pt}{\kern-5.70pt\tiny{$‌​\bigcircle$}}}}. This uses symbols found in the package MnSymbol. \tiny\bigcircle is a bit silly sounding but it gives decent line widths. – Richard Terrett Feb 3 '11 at 10:49
Here's what it looks like: i.imgur.com/091Tv.png – Richard Terrett Feb 3 '11 at 11:01
thank you. it is really approximation except that the vertical lines are a little shorter. if the two vertical lines could be longer, it will be perfect. but it is better than having nothing. – warem Feb 3 '11 at 11:49
Alternatively, it's a dirty hack but it works: create the glyph yourself in the vector editor of your choice, save as PDF and then use \includegraphics{} to insert it inline, with scaling and offsets to get it looking nice. Works well for editor's marks, but obviously wouldn't stand up to being transformed too heavily. Inkscape is a good choice of editor for this kind of thing. – Richard Terrett Feb 3 '11 at 11:56

You have also the pifont package. From symbols-a4 (a very fine document):

The pifont dingbat package warrants special mention. Among other capabilities, pifont provides a LaTeX interface to the Zapf Dingbats font (one of the standard 35 PostScript fonts).

You can combine a box and checkmark to get a chechbox like with wasysym.

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I've applied some markup (or rather markdown) to your answer. Click on "edited ... ago" to see how I did it. – Hendrik Vogt Feb 3 '11 at 9:25
@Hendrik Thanks It's better with markup – Alain Matthes Feb 3 '11 at 11:03

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