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bug#30513: Unicode Character Name is misspelled (MATHEMATICAL ITALIC SMA


From: Michael Grünewald
Subject: bug#30513: Unicode Character Name is misspelled (MATHEMATICAL ITALIC SMALL LAMDA)
Date: Sun, 18 Feb 2018 16:23:03 +0100

> On 18. Feb 2018, at 16:04, Noam Postavsky <address@hidden> wrote:
> 
> Michael Grünewald <address@hidden> writes:
> 
>> The Unicode character 𝜆 has its name misspelled, it should be
>> 
>>  MATHEMATICAL ITALIC SMALL LAMBDA
>> 
>> instead of 
>> 
>>  MATHEMATICAL ITALIC SMALL LAMDA
>> 
>> (notice a B is missing in the second variant).
> 
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lambda says:
> 
>    Unicode uses the spelling "lamda" in character names, instead of
>    "lambda", due to "preferences expressed by the Greek National Body"[14]
> 
> [14]: http://www.unicode.org/mail-arch/unicode-ml/y2010-m06/0063.html

I see, thank you for the very quick reply!


I sometimes use C-x 8 RET to enter characters using their Unicode names.  Since
these names are usually very long I rely heavily on auto-completion to reduce 
typing.
So if I need to enter a

  MATHEMATICAL ITALIC SMALL TAU

I start with just the word TAU and hit TAB to display possible alternatives and
quickly reach the desired name.

What would be the preferred way to enter math symbols without fumbling over 
such small
oddities? Is there any possibility of adjusting the auto-completion method so 
that it
is not so picky about the difference between LAMDA and LAMBDA?  Are there other 
better
approaches?

(I think I am well aware of the LAMBDA vs. LAMDA detail now but what about the 
huge crowd
of Emacs users entering MATHEMATICAL ITALIC SMALL letters using C-x 8 RET? ;) )

I would like to avoid using the TeX input method, because it does not interact 
so
nicely with programming (because of the special meaning quotes and the 
underscore become).

Best,
Michael






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