7.3 Apple Fonts

As of OSX 10.7 (Lion), released 20 July 2011, Apple desktop operating systems have shipped with the STIX fonts installed. OS X 10.7 included Version 1.0 of the STIX fonts. Hence, modern Apple systems provide a comprehensive, world-class, mathematical character set. The STIX fonts are set in a serif type face that is intended to work well with Times-like fonts. This can lead to subtle font style mismatches when STIX math fonts are used with sans serif text fonts. The STIX fonts are described in detail in Section 7.1 of this document.

7.3.1 Apple Symbols

The Apple Symbols font has provided support for an extensive mathematical character set since OSX 10.5 (Leopard), released 26 October 2007. Table 7 summarizes the coverage of Apple Symbols’ mathematical character set.

Table 7: Apple Symbols’ Math Coverage
Unicode Block Description Coverage
U+0370–U+03FF Greek and Coptic 79 glyphs
U+1F00–U+1FFF Greek Extended 14 glyphs
U+2070–U+209F Superscripts and Subscripts 29 glyphs
U+2200–U+22FF Mathematical Operators 256 glyphs
U+2300–U+23FF Miscellaneous Technical 232 glyphs
U+27C0–U+27EF Miscellaneous Mathematical Symbols-A 37 glyphs
U+2980–U+29FF Miscellaneous Mathematical Symbols-B 128 glyphs
U+2A00–U+2AFF Supplemental Mathematical Operators 251 glyphs
U+1D400–U+1D7FF Mathematical Alphanumeric Symbols 10 glyphs
Glyph Variants (not all math related) 1163 glyphs

Apple Symbols is a sans serif font face. This can lead to font style mismatches when serif text fonts are used with Apple Symbols math fonts.

7.3.2 Other Apple Fonts

Many additional fonts installed by default on modern OS X systems provide rudimentary mathematical symbol coverage and extensive coverage of the Greek alphabet. Table 8 summarizes the coverage of one such font, Apple’s Times font (originally developed by Linotype).

Table 8: Apple Times’ Math Coverage
Unicode Block Description Coverage
U+0374–U+03F3 Greek and Coptic 78 glyphs
U+1F00–U+1FFE Greek Extended 233 glyphs
U+2200–U+22FF Mathematical Operators 12 glyphs
Glyph Variants (not all math related) 169 glyphs