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Hans Aberg <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 23 Apr 1997 16:05:17 +0200
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At 09:48 97-04-22, J%org Knappen, Mainz wrote:

>... The following conventions are often
>employed by physicists:
>Variables:         math italics
>Vectors:           bold math italics
>Operators:         upright
>Vector Operators:  bold upright
>Tensors:           sans serif

  This is certainly goes in another direction than the math typesetting
principles we discussed. In math, these should all then have been
"leaning", if not constants. Otherwise, I think one in math just tries to
"upper" the graphics with "larger" math objects, depending on the context
(often overridden by tradition, then), or so, I think of it.

  The reason that vectors are often typeset in bold, and not bold italics
could be that formerly one practise was to indicate, in a hand written
manuscript, two levels of emphasis by single or double underlining, which
then was interpreted by the typesetter as italic and bold (so the author
did not have much control over it).

  But if you decide to typeset tensors upright sans serif, then the
Christoffel symbol, which normally is an upper case $\Gamma$, should be
typeset like that too. (But using a $\Gamma$ for the Christoffel symbol is
so standard, it should perhaps be typeset upright anyhow.)

  Hans Aberg