Some TeX Developments

Finding symbols

Usually, finding a symbol in (La)TeX means reading through Scott Pakin’s Comprehensive Symbol List. However, that can be hard if all you know is what the symbol looks like. A while ago, there was a suggestion to create some kind of system to find symbols from a drawing. Daniel Kirsch has now taken this on and created Detexify. Initial impressions are very good: the idea is great and is clearly something to keep an eye on. The system relies on being trained: hopefully, a few people taking an interest will build up a good set of training data quickly.