Why incomplete subscript/superscript alphabet ?

Jukka K. Korpela jkorpela at cs.tut.fi
Thu Oct 6 10:53:04 CDT 2016

6.10.2016, 17:55, Frédéric Grosshans wrote:

> Le 06/10/2016 à 09:21, Marcel Schneider a écrit :
>> I did never see that. Would you show us some examples to look up? Iʼm
>> curious
>> whether they could be managed without accented superscripts.
>> Anyway, combining diacritics should be placeable on superscripts as well.
> Like «3ᵉ̀ᵐᵉ» ? It already works on my laptop (Thunderbird in Ubuntu 16.04)
> The superscripted part is 1D49 + 0300 + 1D50 + 1D49, and there is
> nothing to add.

It’s fine that it works in some environment(s), but it would be 
unrealistic to expect it to work generally. In most environments, 
assuming the font used supports the characters involved in the first 
place, the result is probably a grave accent struck over the superscript 
e, in a rather ugly way.

Even though Unicode superscript (and subscript) characters have a lot of 
practical use in many contexts, this isn’t really one of them. In a case 
like this, in most environments, and especially if you want the text to 
display well in different environments, the solution is to use just 
“3ème”, perhaps with some method (“above” the character level) used to 
format the letters as superscript, when not limited to plain text – but 
I’m afraid most fonts don’t have a superscript glyph for “é” available, 
so it would usually be best to give up the superscripting idea here.


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