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LaTeX symbols for biographical data

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Postby dennis.walter on Fri Aug 13th, 2010

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...

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Postby gmedina on Fri Aug 13th, 2010

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):

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\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{bbding}

\begin{document}

\dag\Cross

\FiveStarOpen\SixStar

\end{document
}


or these?:

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\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{marvosym}
\usepackage{pifont,MnSymbol}

\begin{document}

\Cross\ding{73}$\largestar$

\end{document
}


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Postby dennis.walter on Fri Aug 13th, 2010

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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