Superscript and Subscript Characters in General Use

John W Kennedy john.w.kennedy at
Tue Jan 3 23:36:38 CST 2017

> On Jan 3, 2017, at 10:20 PM, Asmus Freytag <asmusf at> wrote:
> On 1/3/2017 4:24 PM, Marcel Schneider wrote:
>> On Tue, 3 Jan 2017 09:31:42 +0100, Christoph Päper wrote:
>>>> Among the possibilities, you include Unicode subscripts.
>>> Just for the sake of completeness.
>> This tends to conclude that preformatted subscripts are really an option here.
> Not so. You yourself quote this statement:
> | Superscript modifier letters are intended for cases where the letters carry
> | a specific meaning, as in phonetic transcription systems, and are not
> | a substitute for generic styling mechanisms for superscripting of text,
> | as for footnotes, mathematical and chemical expressions, and the like.
> It is clear that the uses that you advocate go against this intent.
> Therefore, your conclusion that this is "an option" is nothing more than a very personal
> opinion on your part (and one that many people here would consider misguided if
> presented as general recommendation).
> A./

As long as this is being discussed, what about the historic practice of using M‘ (nowadays often seen as M’ instead) in Scottish names—e.g., M‘Donald—as a typographic substitute for M(superscript c)?

John W Kennedy
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