This question is related to my own question Including letters from other fonts

Reading on the web, I found this pdf. In page 8, it shows a figure with the main characters of Times 4-Line Mathematics Series 569, a method to print professional math books before computers. It is exactly the characters Springer used until a pair of years (now it seems his books are printed in 'standard' Times New Roman).

My question is: is there a package which reproduces exactly this symbols? I mean, a package thought specifically to get these symbols in LaTeX (or LuaTeXor similar).



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Math relations are similar to the symbols of mathabxbut I think they are not equals.


Note that I asking for this symbols in particular. In fact, I'm asking for a package. My question doesn't have anything in common with other questions, as it is suggested. I'm not searching or identifying anything.


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the "4-line mathematics fonts" were specific to the monotype hot-metal typesetter. this system has not been implemented by any electronic system to the best of my knowledge, nor is it likely to be.

that said, the stix fonts were largely modeled after the monotype times fonts. the match is not perfect, but an attempt was made to include everything that was present in the monotype collection. (there are also some other problems, that i won't go into, at least partly because i am not able to access my library and records at present; i was the person who compiled the list of symbols for the stix project and presented the material to uinicode.)

the mtpro fonts (commercial) are also based on times, but the collection is not as complete as what was available from monotype. however, again, i can't give details; i haven't used the mtpro fonts myself.

  • I must confess I didn't know anything about Stix project, but I completely agree with it. Fonts were designed many years ago, I cannot understand why they are not free. On the other hand, in my opinion Stix package seems very similar to mathptmx. What is the difference between both?
    – Dog_69
    Commented Jan 23, 2018 at 23:04
  • @Dog_69 -- the rationale for the stix project was to make mathematics natively available on the web, not just by sharing pdf files. compatibility with tex was part of the plan, but not the most important part. Commented Jan 23, 2018 at 23:15
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    @Dog_69 You might also be interested in Khaled Hosny’s XITS and XITS Math, which are based on version one of STIX.
    – Davislor
    Commented Jan 25, 2019 at 23:17

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