# [OS X TeX] Re: The microtype mystery

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Fri Aug 20 11:26:03 EDT 2010

On Aug 20, 2010, at 10:02 AM, George Gratzer wrote:

> I just woke up that my problem is solved!
>
>> Interestingly, the amssymb package---which loads the amsfonts package---appears to have all the symbols that latexsym contains so there is no need for the duplication and the speed difference is obvious. Am I wrong here?
>
> First, Herb you are wrong. My recollection is that latexsym defines about a dozen symbols
> that amsfonts does not. It seems, however, that I do not need any one of them. So I commented out
>

Howdy,

I'm only going by what Kopka & Daly have in `Guide to LaTeX'. Also, the only difference between amssymb and latexsym noted in `The Comprehensive LaTeX Symbol List' is that a different glyph is used for \Diamond in the two packages; amsfonts (read by the amssymb package on loading) uses the same glyph and \lozenge.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)