[NTG-context] \Asterisk

Wolfgang Schuster schuster.wolfgang at googlemail.com
Wed May 28 10:32:02 CEST 2008

On Wed, May 28, 2008 at 10:19 AM, Aditya Mahajan <adityam at umich.edu> wrote:
> On Wed, 28 May 2008, Wolfgang Schuster wrote:
>
>> On Wed, May 28, 2008 at 12:11 AM, Aditya Mahajan <adityam at umich.edu> wrote:
>>> On Fri, 23 May 2008, Jesse Alama wrote:
>>>
>>>> I was working on a document in which I wanted use a symbol that,
>>>> acording to the Comprehensive LaTeX Symbol List, goes by the name of
>>>> \Asterisk or \bigast (see p. 22).  I saw, though, that this seems to be
>>>> missing in ConTeXt.  Might it be tucked away in some module, or is it
>>>> just absent?  If it's really not there, what would it take to add it?
>>>
>>> The latex symbol list says that these are from the mathabx font. AFAIK,
>>> this font is not currently supported by ConTeXt. Adding support should be
>>> doable, but I am not sure what is the best way to support it. I do
>>> not know if this family is a complete replacement for CM (and LM) fonts,
>>> or only some symbols are provided.
>>>
>>> I am travelling right now, and I can play around with these fonts sometime
>>> next week. The font claims to provide plain tex support, so it should be
>>> usable out of the box. You can try
>>>
>>> \input mathabx
>>>
>>> $\Asterix$
>>
>> What is with Obelix?
>>
>>> and see if this works with plain tex and ConTeXt.
>>>
>>> Only the metafont files are available, I do not know if someone
>>> has created a type1 version.
>>
>> Why so complicated, * did also work with Latin Modern and the other fonts.
>>
>> I prefer \definesymbol [asterisk] [\char"2A\relax] and \symbol{asterisk},
>> you're way is also possible but
>> \startencoding[default]
>> \definecharacter Asterisk \char"2A
>> \stopencoding
>> is also possible.
>
> Asterix is like a big asterix (similar to \bigstar vs \star, and \bigtimes
> vs \times, maybe it shold be called \bigasterix)

I found \asterisk and \Asterisk in the manual but no \Asterix.

>> The unicode chart show a few more asterisk variatione in the dingbats section:
>> http://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/U2700.pdf
>
> I will check that.

The chart contains only dingbats symbols but there is also a mathematical
asterisk in the next chart.

http://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/U2200.pdf --> 2217

Wolfgang