The NUMERO SIGN in Unicode is unified with the nunero sign from the East
Asian standards, which all contain it as a wide character. The appearance
is "No", without superscripting but an occasional underline under the o,
depending on the font (no curly legs).
Asian character collections and fonts often contain fully formed
abbreviations as that allows them to be printed in a single character cell
in vertical printing.
Since, in Cyrillic usage the legs are certainly curly, and the character is
narrow, One would need to use a different font for the Cyrillic character
than for the same character occuring in Asian use. In UTR 11 the character
is therefore assigned an 'ambiguous' width property.
The abbreviation for numero, used in French, can be handled much like 1rst,
2nd etc. in English, outside of plain text by superscripting, or by
ohterwise combining multiple characters. This has the advantage that one
can use a single Latin/Cyrillic font, and still get the correct shape of
Looking at monotype's times new roman, you can see that they implement the
Cyrillic form of the character.
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