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At 09:05 -0500 2001/02/02, Michael John Downes wrote:
>> Yes, this was my intention. If I type "" (the times sign in
>> Latin-1,2,3, and 4) I want that it works both in text and in math mode
>>giving
>> something sensible (i.e. \textmultiply or \times resp.) I don't want to
>> have the command \times in text mode and \textmultiply in math mode
>>necessarily
>
>The text/math ambiguity is a major problem for higher-level user
>interfaces like Scientific Word.

Should there not be a text-word mode, entirely dedicated at construction
natural language words, a text-symbol mode for non-math symbols, and a math
mode for math typesetting.

>If the user enters \gamma + 1 without
>first starting a math formula, then the proper way for the software to
>write it is:
>
>  \textgamma \textplus 1
>
>instead of
>
>  $\gamma + 1$

Then an expression like \gamma + 1 without first starting a math formula
would simply fail as `+' and `1' are not used in froming natural language
words. Also, if there is a non-math use of the times sign in Latin-x, x in
[1, 4], one would have to put it in the text-symbol environment.

  Hans Aberg