Is there a way to set it so that math mode automatically stops italicizing upper-case letters? That is, so that $U$ produces the effect of what is now $\mathrm{U}$? I am using computer modern. I am aware other fonts have this option, but I would like to do it in computer modern. However, it would be great if some solution is font-independent, so that I can switch between them and keep this setting.


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For LaTeX, see Philippe Goutet's answer!

For Plain TeX the definition could be:

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If you're using LaTeX and not plain TeX, you should prefer \DeclareMathSymbol to \mathcode. You can even avoid giving explicitly the position of the uppercase letters in the font by using `A instead of the corresponding number 41:

  • Seeing how it must eventually expand out to the same thing, I cannot see how it would be preferrable to say the same thing with more letters?
    – morbusg
    Aug 26, 2012 at 10:04
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    @morbusg: when you use LaTeX, you should always prefer the LaTeX syntax, even if it's longer to type. There's a reason why the LaTeX team made the \DeclareMathSymbol command instead of directly using \mathcode. Aug 26, 2012 at 10:22
  • That's what I was getting at; do you know what is that reason?
    – morbusg
    Aug 26, 2012 at 10:26
  • @morbusg: LaTeX does dynamic math font assignation. The fam number might not even exist before the first formula using a given alphabet (e.g. \mathtt; that's the reason for the convolutions in tex.stackexchange.com/a/64257) and can change from one document to another (depending on the loading order of packages). Here, as the roman family number is always 0, it's not that important, but if you wanted to use the ttfamily for the math, using plain tex syntax would not be reliable (the number you choose could either already be taken or overwritten later). Aug 26, 2012 at 11:06
  • @morbusg: and if you use xelatex, \fam0 can have surprises: \documentclass{article}\usepackage{fontspec}\begin{document}Character 0A is $\mathchar"700A$ in fam0 but $\mathchar"740A$ in fam4.\end{document} Aug 26, 2012 at 11:13

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