In the Wolfram Documentation page for \ℓ, there are two formats for the script letter shown. How can I select the first format, which looks more like "\ell" symbol in latex? For instance, I have the following input:

Graphics[{Text[Style[Subscript[ℓ, 2], FontSize -> 20], {1/6, 1/30}]}]

the output appears as

enter image description here

I get the same output if I use:

   Style[ToExpression["\\ell_{2}", TeXForm], FontSize -> 20], {1/6, 1/30}]}]

I've been playing around with various formatting options but haven't figured it out. How can I get Mathematica to output the curlier version of ?

  • $\begingroup$ I see this on my machine (OS X): i.sstatic.net/GLKwl.png This is also the second format shown on my machine on the doc page. $\endgroup$
    – Szabolcs
    Feb 3, 2017 at 15:06
  • $\begingroup$ Instead of ToExpression["\ell", TeXForm] you should use ToExpression["\\ell", TeXForm]. It is important to double the ``, even though it works in this case. Of course this makes absolutely no difference to your question. $\endgroup$
    – Szabolcs
    Feb 3, 2017 at 15:07
  • $\begingroup$ You can use TraditionalForm to select the first form ... TraditionalForm@Style[\[ScriptL], FontSize -> 64] $\endgroup$
    – Szabolcs
    Feb 3, 2017 at 15:09
  • $\begingroup$ @Szabolcs Thanks. I do see the correct formatting if I Input Subscript[[ScriptL], 2] by itself. Perhaps the issue may be what happens within Graphics. In my ToExpression, I do have the extra backslash, however, it looks like it ran away during copy/paste. $\endgroup$ Feb 3, 2017 at 15:15

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In v10.1.0 under Windows 7 x64:

Graphics[{Text @ Style[Subscript[\[ScriptL], 2], FontSize -> 30, FontFamily -> #]}, 
   ImageSize -> 50] & /@ {"Times", "Arial", "Mathematica1"}

enter image description here

Terser and possibly safer code using styles from the core stylesheet:

Graphics[{Text @ Style[Subscript[\[ScriptL], 2], 30, #]}, 
   ImageSize -> 50] & /@ {"TR", "SR", "MR", "MB"}

enter image description here

  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Perfect. The "TR" font is exactly what I'm looking for. Thanks! $\endgroup$ Feb 3, 2017 at 15:59

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