Small caps in mathematics?

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Torgeir Strand Henriksen's picture
Joined: 20 Nov 2004 - 10:45am
Small caps in mathematics?
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Earlier this year, there was a thread about use of text figures in mathematics: http://www.typophile.com/cgibin/discus.pl?pg=next&topic=4100&page=34733 This made me wonder, have typographers also used small caps for mathematics? I was thinking this could make uppercase variables stand out less from the surrounding text when they are discussed. Does anyone have thoughts about wether or not this is a good idea, or perhaps links to some resources about the subject?

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Not a good idea. Mathematics is a language in which typographical features — upper case, italic, bold, script, fraktur, “blackboard bold”, etc. — have established conventional associations. And, perhaps more important that their specific associations, they are used to make distinctions: s and S are different things, and setting the latter as a small cap would render a piece practically unreadable.