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Boris Veytsman <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 9 Feb 2001 14:51:13 -0500
<[log in to unmask]> (message from Thierry Bouche on Fri, 9 Feb 2001 17:43:56 +0100)
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> Date:         Fri, 9 Feb 2001 17:43:56 +0100
> From: Thierry Bouche <[log in to unmask]>

> Nope. The really old tradition did know nothing about lining (also
> called "english" in France ;-) digits, anything used old style, which
> you still can see in the scan of a rather recent book by H. Cartan
> I posted somewhere in page of the Latex navigator.

Yes. I remember an old book of log tables, that used exclusively old
style digits. It was difficult to use, at least for me.

> There have been modern attempts to do what you're refering to. (I had
> a vote about the 3 possible styles, but I cannot make statistics about
> the voter's taste, as they were so few -- you can have a look at
> if you have some spare time to loose...)

Count me under half/half

> I think that you're point is one point in a myriad of
> possibilities. If you replace `must' by `could' in your discussion, I
> heartily agree with you, but notice that what you describe is easily
> done with current latex (redefine most \the, \MakeUpperLower-case,
> etc.)

Exactly. I think that this style, while not the only style for math
typesetting, is logical and aestetically pleasing -- and easy to
implement. In fact, I might implement it myself if I have some free

Good luck