Superscript and Subscript Characters in General Use
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Fri Jan 13 18:19:30 CST 2017
On Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:32:12 +0000, Richard Wordingham wrote:
> The truly straight Unicode approach in HTML is to use 19⁄45.
> Just entering those 5 characters into a text entry box in Firefox gave
> me a properly formatted vulgar fraction. That is how vulgar fractions
> are supposed to work. Unfortunately, one may need to avoid 'exciting
> new fonts' in favour of those with a large, working repertoire.
A new “Fraction Slash and Fonts” thread in the BÉPO community has brought up
that this works mainly with new and ambitious fonts:
• Fira Sans
• Linux Biolinum
• Linux Libertine
• Source Sans Pro
• Source Serif Pro
By contrast, the typefaces not supporting U+2044 correctly include:
- Open Sans
- TeX Gyre
BTW, the Times New Roman font that the Mailing List Archives specify, belongs to
this latter category, so that the fractions with U+2044 and normal size digits
display in fallback mode.
Software support is mainly found in open projects as we have seen:
• HarfBuzz, and its users:
In the meantime, Microsoft products not supporting U+2044 correctly include:
- Internet Explorer including its last version 11
➔ Does anybody know why Microsoft is reluctant in supporting U+2044?
➔ And why on the other hand, the widespread and popular way of writing fractions
as <superscript>U+2044<subscript> sequences is discouraged and even ridiculized?
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