[OS X TeX] which is real math mode?

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Tue Dec 13 07:49:17 EST 2005

Le 13 déc. 05 à 13:25, Themis Matsoukas a écrit :

> On Dec 12, 2005, at 8:39 PM, Alain Schremmer wrote:
>> When I learned it in French, a very long time ago, it was indeed  
>> Deca (but milli). I think that Deka means to be closer to the  
>> etymology.
>> See for instance
>> http://lamar.colostate.edu/~hillger/si-prefixes.html <http:// 
>> lamar.colostate.edu/%7Ehillger/si-prefixes.html>
> That's interesting... Δεκα is greek for ten and in the standard  
> transcription κ -> c (κυβος -> cube, κεντρον->centre,  
> etc);  there are also exceptions (κινητικη->kinetics). I  
> assume that the standard transcription originates from the fact  
> that the italian alphabet does not have a k (though the classic  
> latin does) but this explanation may not be true. There is a  
> certain eeriness when c is replaced with k (eg. Amerika) but Deka  
> doesn't seem to invoke it.

Same here, regarding deca- and milli- in French. Seems to be the  
official international standard, as well:


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