Where can I find some of the functionality, namely the symbols, from the LaTeX package AMSSymb in ConTeXt? For example, how do I place a \blacksquare? Is there an equivalent in ConTeXt? I didn't find what I am looking for at contextgarden.

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    edited to correct package name; amssym is for ams-tex, not latex. the latex package is named amssymb. but can't help with context; sorry. Aug 31, 2011 at 17:21
  • Are you using MkII (pdftex) or MkIV (luatex)? The amssymb glyphs are supported and in most cases $\glyphname$ should work. For some of the glyphs, the names are changed. For MkII you can get a list of all the glyphs using \showmathcharacters. In particular, \blacksquare is supported. For MkIV, see the list of alll the supported glyphs using \ShowCompleteFont from s-fnt-10 module. See s-fnt-10.tex for details. For \blacksquare you need a open type math font (like xits), but there is a bug in the mappings (at the ConTeXt end) and \blacksquare is mapped to the wrong symbol.
    – Aditya
    Aug 31, 2011 at 21:22
  • @barbara: which unicode slot should \blacksquare correspond to: 2FA0, 25AA, 25FC, 25FE, 2B1B, 2B1D?
    – Aditya
    Aug 31, 2011 at 21:26
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    @aditya -- my interpretation has been that \blacksquare corresponds to unicode 2FA0. the relative sizes of the various squares (and other geometric symbols) can be found on p.20 of unicode technical report 25 on mathematics. some of these don't yet have "established" tex command names. i prepared a table for the stix project with tex names (either already recognized or proposed) for all unicode math symbols, but it still needs some adjustments as a result of decisions made during the final stix font cleanup. Sep 1, 2011 at 13:35
  • Thanks. I'll fix the mapping in ConTeXt (and, at some stage, coordinate with @Will Robertson to use the same mappings for ConTeXt and unicode-math).
    – Aditya
    Sep 1, 2011 at 18:21

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\blacksquare works in ConTeXt out of the box. To see a list of all supported symbols, you can use (in MkIV)


which gives a listing of all Unicode characters in a font, and the corresponding ConTeXt name for the character (look for mathname).

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