In some fields it is important to distinguish between lower-case italic v (e.g., velocity) and lower-case italic nu (e.g., Poisson's ratio). This can be done by using a rounded v, which STIX has as‘MATHEMATICAL ITALIC SMALL V’ (U+1D463). However, the use of characters beyond the base plane is still a problem in many applications. Even if it were not a problem, it is desirable to use a rounded italic v (and w) in regular text in the same document, for consistency, and it would be very awkward to have to use the MATH v and w every time. Therefore, it would be nice if the regular italic v and w (U+0076 and U+0077) were rounded rather than angular as they are now. This is the situation in the Computer Modern font and also in some others, like Palatino and Georgia. Apart from the fact that Times New Roman has the angular v and w, was there any particular rationale for having them in STIX, which is intended for technical uses where this is a problem? Is there any chance of changing this at this late date?
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