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Re: input methods for mathematical glyphs

From: H. Dieter Wilhelm
Subject: Re: input methods for mathematical glyphs
Date: Fri, 10 Dec 2021 18:08:44 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/28.0.90 (gnu/linux)

Stefan Monnier via Users list for the GNU Emacs text editor
<> writes:

>> FWIW, I don't know of any modern net etiquette that says "emails should
>> be ASCII only", but in my opinion mathematical symbols and Unicode art
>> do cross a line.
> When I write things like `Γ ⊢ e : τ₁ → τ₂` in my email, some (human) readers
> are admittedly surprised (enough to say something about it in their
> reply, typically "how do you do that?"), so it does "cross a line"
> somehow (since those same readers aren't surprised when I use various
> kinds of accented letters or an emoji), but I can't remember a single
> time where it caused a problem.

When it doesn't distract and is more readable than it is a good thing.

Might utf-8 characters pose a problem for Windows mailing systems?  I've
sometimes funny glitches when I copy utf-8 characters into their Outlook
calendar application.

Best wishes
H. Dieter Wilhelm
Zwingenberg, Germany

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