Superscript and Subscript Characters in General Use

Asmus Freytag (c) asmusf at
Wed Jan 4 00:48:09 CST 2017

On 1/3/2017 9:36 PM, John W Kennedy wrote:
> 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)?

What about it? There are dozens, perhaps hundreds of fallbacks that have 
been used over time, both in hot metal typography as well as with 
typewriters or digital systems. Some practices may have started in ways 
similar to a fallback, but have now evolved into standard practice. 
Other ones remain fallbacks or went out of fashion.

It's an interesting example, but what kind of discussion did you have in 


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