Fwd: Fwd: Why incomplete subscript/superscript alphabet ?

Oren Watson oren.watson at gmail.com
Thu Oct 6 11:32:07 CDT 2016

I meant, petition say the devs of Konsole, iTerm, xterm etc, and other
programs which deal purely in plain text to support 8b and 8c characters
for formatting. Markup doesn't exist everywhere.

On Thu, Oct 6, 2016 at 12:27 PM, Ken Whistler <kenwhistler at att.net> wrote:

> On 10/6/2016 9:04 AM, Oren Watson wrote:
> If this is a real need, why not petition more software to allow the use of
> the U+8C partial line up and U+8B partial line down characters for the this
> purpose?
> Because U+008C and U+008B are relics from the days when control codes were
> used in terminal control protocols and to drive print trains in devices
> like this:
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Line_printer#/media/File:IBM_l
> ine_printer_1403.JPG
> Their functions have been completely overtaken by markup conventions such
> as <sub>...</sub> and <sup>...</sup>, which *are* widely supported
> already, even in most email clients, right out of the box.
> And I suspect that Yucca's statement "so it would usually be best to give
> up the superscripting idea here" is intended to mean give up on asking for
> a separately encoded superscript character for each Latin letter, including
> accented ones (or applying accents to separately encoded superscript
> letters). Because, after all, this stuff already just works: «3ème» (and
> not «3ᵉ̀ᵐᵉ», by the way!).
> --Ken
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