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dennis.walter
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LaTeX symbols for biographical data

Postby dennis.walter » Fri Aug 13, 2010 2:15 pm

When providing biographical data about a person, it is common to use a star (*) and a cross in front of the dates of birth and death. I wonder which symbols one is supposed to use for this purpose in LaTeX's Computer/Latin Modern fonts. Are there any pre-defined commands? I couldn't find them in the comprehensive LaTeX symbol list...

Thanks!

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Postby gmedina » Fri Aug 13, 2010 7:31 pm

Hi,

dennis.walter wrote:...Are there any pre-defined commands? I couldn't find them in the comprehensive LaTeX symbol list...

Did you try these? (all present in the Comprehensive LaTeX Symbol List):

  1. \documentclass{article}
  2. \usepackage{bbding}
  3.  
  4. \begin{document}
  5.  
  6. \dag\Cross
  7.  
  8. \FiveStarOpen\SixStar
  9.  
  10. \end{document}


or these?:

  1. \documentclass{article}
  2. \usepackage{marvosym}
  3. \usepackage{pifont,MnSymbol}
  4.  
  5. \begin{document}
  6.  
  7. \Cross\ding{73}$\largestar$
  8.  
  9. \end{document}


If none of the above symbols satisfy your requirements, please attach an image (or provide a link) showing the exact symbols that you are trying to get.
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Postby dennis.walter » Fri Aug 13, 2010 10:17 pm

Oh yes, I did try them. I think the lines in \Cross are slightly too thick. And \dag, as the name suggests, produces a dagger, not a cross.

I like the cross that is used on Wikipedia. (E.g. http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winston_Churchill) There it's just a Unicode character that apparently is present in my standard browser font.

But thank you for your suggestions!

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