Why incomplete subscript/superscript alphabet ?

Marcel Schneider charupdate at orange.fr
Thu Oct 6 13:14:13 CDT 2016

On Thu, 6 Oct 2016 09:27:13 -0700, Ken Whistler wrote:

> 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, ri^ght out of the b_ox .
> 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: «3^ème » (and not «3ᵉ̀ᵐᵉ», by the way!).

High level formatting in high-end mail clients is of little use
when the target environment is plain text. 
Itʼs still unambiguous, though.

As of superscript ‘è’, I had asked for it as soon as 2014, and I fully 
understood that Unicode no longer encourages proposals of any *new* 
precomposed characters. This was before I learned that ‘3ème’ is not 
good French. These long ordinal indicators are deprecated.


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