Better script fonts for maths

The font selected by \mathcal is the only script font « built in ». However, there are other useful calligraphic fonts included with modern TeX distributions.

  • Euler The eucal package (part of most sensible TeX

distributions; the fonts are part of the AMS font set) gives
a slightly curlier font than the default. The package changes the
font that is selected by ''\mathcal''.
Type 1 versions of the fonts are available in the AMS fonts
  • mathabx The mathabx bundle provides calligraphic

letters (in both upper and lower case); the fonts were developed in
MetaFont, but a version in Adobe Type 1 format is available.  The
bundle's documentation offers a series of comparisons of its
calligraphic set with Computer Modern's (both regular mathematical
and calligraphic letters); the difference are not large.
  • mnsymbol The mnsymbol bundle provides (among many

other symbols) a set of calligraphic letters, though (again) they're
rather similar to the default Computer Modern set.
  • RSFS The mathrsfs package uses a really fancy script

font (the name stands for "Ralph Smith's Formal Script") which is
already part of most modern TeX distributions (Type 1 versions of
the font are also provided, courtesy of Taco Hoekwater).  The package
creates a new command ''\mathscr''.
  • RSFSO The bundle rsfso provides a less dramatically

oblique version of the RSFS fonts; the result proves quite
pleasing --- similar to the effect of the the (commercial) script
font in the Adobe Mathematical Pi collection.
  • Zapf Chancery is the standard PostScript calligraphic font. There

is no package but you can easily make it available by means of the
in your preamble.  You may find the font rather too big; if so, you
can use a scaled version of it like this:
\DeclareFontShape{OT1}{pzc}{m}{it}{<-> s * [0.900] pzcmi7t}{}
Adobe Zapf Chancery (which the above examples use) is distributed in
any but the most basic PostScript printers.  A substantially identical
font (to the extent that the same metrics may be used) is
available from URW, called URW Chancery L: it is distributed
as part of the "URW base35" bundle; the
:ctanpkg:`urwchancal` package (which includes virtual fonts to tweak
appearance) provides for its use as a calligraphic font.
The TeX Gyre font family also includes a Chancery replacement,
''Chorus''; use it with :ctanpkg:`tgchorus <tex-gyre>` (and ignore the
complaints about needing to change font shape).

Examples of the available styles are linked from the packages” catalogue entries.

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