Mathematical fonts

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  1. gibbon macrumors newbie

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    Forgive me if this is elementary but....

    I am writing a paper and need to denote the *mean* of *s* by placing a bar over it. I can not for the life of me find a way of doing this and even pulling half of my preciously thin crop of hair out hasn't helped. In fact, it has made things decidedly worse. I have tried to scoure the internerd for an appropriate font but have failed miserably and to be honest at this stage even if I found one I suspect I would have difficulty wielding it appropriately. I am using NeoOffice/J which otherwise is fantastic.

    So, somebody please help: I need to denote s(bar) in a document and for that to be recognised by whoever I send my paper to for editing and (hopefully) publication purposes.

    Thanks hugely in advance for any help!
     
  2. Veldek macrumors 68000

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    In System Preferences, the panel "International" allows you to activate a special keyboard menu* in your menubar. With this you can use special chars like the one you need.

    *As I use the German version, the names might differ...
     
  3. godbout macrumors regular

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    Do you Know LaTex? It is pretty much the standard in scientific typesetting... If you don't know it you should seriously think about using it... it produces beautiful documents.

    Try TexShop:

    http://www.uoregon.edu/~koch/texshop/texshop.html

    This is a great program and it is easy to use... just make sure that you install it correctly... this takes a while but it is completely explained on the website above.

    I know that this does not REALLY help you out this time but for future documents it may really be helpful. :)
     
  4. gibbon thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for this but I have been through the character palatte and am still unable to find what I am looking for.

    edit: thanks - I'll try out Latex. Just don't tell my girlfriend.
     
  5. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    If NeoOffice/J is functional equivalent to ooo, you can use Insert -> Object -> Formula.
     
  6. Veldek macrumors 68000

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    Yes, I had a closer look and although there are some letters with a dash above them - the s is not one of them. Although LaTeX is great, you'll have a hard time using it because it isn't WYSIWIG, so you'll have to learn it first.

    I did a search but couldn't find anything else, sorry.
     
  7. gibbon thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you very much, that is exactly what I was looking for. I knew it should be easy!

    Thanks everybody.
     
  8. fayans macrumors 6502a

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    I'm using OSX 10.3.9, how do you 'activate' special keyboard menu' in Open International? I manage to see keyboard viewer; are you referring to that?
     
  9. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    From the description it must be the Character Palette.
     
  10. fayans macrumors 6502a

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    That's it! It's been there all awhile to be discovered :eek: so naive. Thanks iMeowbot for pointing!
     
  11. mduser63 macrumors 68040

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    Check out Equation Editor. I can't remember if it's still an optional install in Word 2004. If it is, and you haven't installed it, search through the help for Equation Editor to find instructions on installing it. After it's installed, access it by going to Insert->Object->Microsoft Equation. You can also add an icon for it to your toolbar if it's not already there.

    Anyway, with Equation Editor, you can make good looking mathematical equations with all kinds of different symbols, and you don't have to know LaTeX to use it, it's all GUI based. I use it all the time as I'm often writing reports for my electrical engineering classes, and they have to contain a lot of equations. It works for really simple, one character stuff like you're trying to do, along with really complex equations containing many different symbols.
     
  12. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    He's using NeoOffice/J
     
  13. mduser63 macrumors 68040

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    I see that now...sorry, should have read the original post more carefully. I guess LaTeX is the way to go then.
     
  14. gibbon thread starter macrumors newbie

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    He is, but he also has to use word from time to time so it is great to know that this can be done really easily on both!
     

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