Mathematica has a bunch of custom fonts which define things like \[Distributed]. These can be linked displayed on the web by linking against the set of these fonts stored on Wolfram's servers at (one issue is that WRI didn't set these up in a way that browsers tend to be happy loading them so I have a copy at which works better)

Doing that we can do things like

 <link rel="stylesheet" href="">
 .special-char { font-family: "Mathematica" }
<p> <span class='special-char'>&#63264;</span> </p>

And get that  to show up as it should (it's \[Wolf] in Mathematica or &#63264; in HTML).

You can see that snippet in action here I make use of this for real here

Now my question is: can we get this to work on StackExchange? halirutan's help-bar can turn these ugly long names into unicode, so with a bit of CSS work and we could get these fonts to display properly too.

I understand if this is too much work. I think it'd just be nice.

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    I wouldn't be surprised if there would be licensing issues on using these fonts... – kirma Apr 4 at 13:49
  • @kirma I thought about that but figured it's such a minor thing Wolfram wouldn't put weird licensing restrictions on them. But also it's Wolfram so who knows :/ That'd be disappointing. – b3m2a1 Apr 4 at 15:46
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    Yes, I'm pretty sure we'll need to ask permission from WRI first for using these. I don't believe you were around at the time, but we did get into a spot of trouble with the site logo back when we were about to go out of beta, so I don't expect anything smooth from asking them for the font/CSS. – J. M. is computer-less Apr 5 at 22:24

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