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Symbols are named graphical or typographic elements. They can be divided into symbol sets, which gives some namespace independence, as well. You can load the symbol definitions from a <tt>symb-bla</tt> file with: | Symbols are named graphical or typographic elements. They can be divided into symbol sets, which gives some namespace independence, as well. You can load the symbol definitions from a <tt>symb-bla</tt> file with: | ||

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* [[source:symb-uni.tex|uni]] : Unicode symbols (including Zapf Dingbats, lots of sets...) | * [[source:symb-uni.tex|uni]] : Unicode symbols (including Zapf Dingbats, lots of sets...) | ||

* [[source:symb-was.tex|was]]: Roland Waldi's symbols (sets <tt>wasy general, music, astronomy, astrology, geometry, physics, apl</tt>; replaces LaTeX's wasysym) | * [[source:symb-was.tex|was]]: Roland Waldi's symbols (sets <tt>wasy general, music, astronomy, astrology, geometry, physics, apl</tt>; replaces LaTeX's wasysym) | ||

+ | * [[Symbols/utf8|handy utf-8 list]]> | ||

=== See also === | === See also === | ||

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* The commands in category [[:Category:Commands/Symbols|Commands/Symbols]]. | * The commands in category [[:Category:Commands/Symbols|Commands/Symbols]]. | ||

− | + | * Create your symbol with [[symbolset]] | |

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[[Category:Fonts]] | [[Category:Fonts]] | ||

[[Category:Symbols]] | [[Category:Symbols]] |

## Latest revision as of 20:10, 8 June 2020

Symbols are named graphical or typographic elements. They can be divided into symbol sets, which gives some namespace independence, as well. You can load the symbol definitions from a `symb-bla` file with:

\usesymbols[bla]

Given a symbol `Snowman` defined in a symbolset `Weather Symbols`, you could typeset the symbol with:

\setupsymbolset [Weather Symbols] \symbol [Snowman]

Or, alternatively, you don't need to load the entire symbolset:

\symbol[Weather Symbols][Snowman]

You can override the existing symbols used at different levels in itemized lists by redefining the existing symbol numbers, with code like the following:

\usesymbols[mvs] \definesymbol[1][{\symbol[martinvogel 2][PointingHand]}] \definesymbol[2][{\symbol[martinvogel 2][CheckedBox]}] \startitemize[packed] \item item \item item \startitemize[packed] \item item \item item \stopitemize \item item \stopitemize

### Which (free) font contains some symbol?

- comprehensive list of symbols in TeX fonts
- Zapf Dingbats, Unicode and Apple symbols and how to use them with ConTeXt (Adam's page)
- Unicode slots of symbols

### Predefined Symbol Sets

(Try `\showsymbolset``[some set]`!)

- eur : Adobe Euro (Serif|Sans|Mono), defines
`\texteuro`(no sets) - jmn : Janusz M. Nowacki's navigational symbols (sets
`navigation 1-4`) - mis : common bullets (no sets, but default definition for enumerations)
- mvs : Martin Vogel's Symbols (sets
`astronomic, zodiac, europe, martinvogel 1-3`; replaces LaTeX's marvosym) - nav : Hans Hagen's navigational symbols (sets
`navigation 1-3`) - uni : Unicode symbols (including Zapf Dingbats, lots of sets...)
- was: Roland Waldi's symbols (sets
`wasy general, music, astronomy, astrology, geometry, physics, apl`; replaces LaTeX's wasysym) - handy utf-8 list>

### See also

- The commands in category Commands/Symbols.
- Create your symbol with symbolset