# Create a new symbol

First of all, I want to say I am a complete layman, so I apologize in advance for the lack of specific terminology or even if I am asking in the wrong place. I am looking for a character, which most probably does not exist, but I wonder whether it's possible to create it. It's basically made out of two characters, namely (<) and (=). I attach a drawing so you can see. Hope to hear news soon. Thanks in advance!

• Hi and welcome. Related: How to look up a symbol or identify a math symbol or character? – Johannes_B Dec 11 '14 at 9:46
• You used unicode, is this a unicode charackter? Can you tell us its codepoint? – Johannes_B Dec 11 '14 at 9:47
• What does this symbol mean? Do you have any reference? You should always ask yourself, if your readers are going to understand a new created symbol. It is possible to create that, sure. But it would be much easier and nicer, if we can find the real symbol and use its unicode or alike. – LaRiFaRi Dec 11 '14 at 9:58
• detextify told me to ask here. This symbol is used in the phonetic and phonology field. This character apparently does not exist, so I'd like to know whether I can create it someway. Thanks in advance for replying! – GJC Dec 11 '14 at 11:02
• If you can link to an instance of the symbol that would help. Even with your sketch I'm having trouble. – Jim Hefferon Dec 11 '14 at 13:12

\documentclass{standalone}
\usepackage{tikz}

\newcommand{\whatzit}{\tikz{\path node[anchor=base,inner sep=0pt](a){$<$}
(a.center) +(0pt,.25ex) node[rotate=-30,scale=.6]{$=$};}}

\begin{document}
Text with \whatzit{} in the middle.
\end{document}

• ok, that's What I want, but could i create a real character instead of a small graphic? I mean one that you can copy and paste, for instance, into a pdf or MS Word document. Sorry for the bad terminology I use... Hope to hear news soon. Thanks in advance! – – GJC Dec 11 '14 at 15:11
• Technically, all characters are small graphics.. – John Kormylo Dec 11 '14 at 15:15
• @GEORGEJUNG You can't copy into a PDF and if you want to copy the symbol into word, it has to be some existing symbol... How should Word know, what to paste. If you have a real use for this symbol, you should recommend it for unicode and ask the maintainer of your favourite font, to set such symbol for you. – LaRiFaRi Dec 11 '14 at 15:22
• There are tools that create fonts. I guess this is what you are looking for (having read the comments). You could use this font with TeX or Word or ... But font creation is off-topic here. Not sure, but maybe this would be better at graphicdesign.stackexchange.com – Johannes_B Dec 11 '14 at 15:22
• @GEORGEJUNG LaRiFaRi has a good point there. Did you invent the symbol? Or has it been described before? – Johannes_B Dec 11 '14 at 15:23