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I write proofs by hand. So, it would be nice to have a one-to-one correspondence between the symbols I handwrite, and the symbols in my pdf files. Thus, what I'm looking for is a fancy but easily handwritten typeface for mathematics, something along the lines of the powerset symbol \wp.

Now 'fancy' as it is used here is a technical term. Definition: easily distinguished from the default LaTeX mathematical typeface when displayed on the screen, and easily distinguished from the normal symbols when handwritten.

Furthermore, it should support both uppercase and lowercase letters, like the \mathfrak typeface. (However, Fraktur is difficult to draw by hand and therefore unsuitable for my purposes).

Does anyone know of such a thing?

  • Hi, it's very difficult to understand what do you ask for without any insight in what do you need it for. Can you tell us what purpose should it serve? – yo' May 27 '13 at 17:54
  • @tohecz, yes, sure. If we use lowercase letters to denote elements of sets, and upper case letters to denote the sets themselves, then I want a different typeface altogether to denote functions. I was thinking: functions that accept elements will be uppercase, and functions that accept sets will be lowercase. – goblin May 27 '13 at 17:56
  • I didn't mean that. You say: "(However, Fraktur is difficult to draw by hand and therefore unsuitable for my purposes)." So what are the porposes? Why should printing and drawing by hand be similar? Or do I miss something completely? – yo' May 27 '13 at 17:57
  • @tohecz, I write proofs by hand. So it would be nice to have a one-to-one correspondence between the symbols I handwrite, and the symbols in my pdf files. Does that help? – goblin May 27 '13 at 18:00
  • Yes, it does. I cannot really provide an answer, just 2 suggestions: 1) Look at tex.stackexchange.com/questions/28340/… which may do what you seek. 2) I think it's a bit "silly" (please don't take me literally, I don't know a better word to express my feeling of it) to want to unify printed and handwritten font; students/readers are clever enough to switch between these two, they have to do it all the time during math talks using both slides and a blackboard. – yo' May 27 '13 at 18:03
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It sounds like "blackboard bold" might be what you're after. Usually it appears only in uppercase, but it is actually available in lowercase too, via the bbm package. Table 213 (page 68) of the Comprehensive LaTeX symbols list suggests it as one of several possibilities.

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  • the stix fonts contain lowercase blackboard bold, as well as lowercase script. release of the latex support package is imminent. this collection hasn't yet been incorporated into the comprehensive symbols list. (and it will probably take some time to get there, since it's such a large collection.) – barbara beeton May 27 '13 at 20:23

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