From: Jukka K. Korpela (email@example.com)
Date: Fri Apr 01 2005 - 10:24:03 CST
On Fri, 1 Apr 2005, Patrick Andries wrote:
[Re the rendering of NUMERO SIGN]
> This depends on the country's typographical tradition.
Yes, the Unicode standard says this rather explicitly, and describes some
of the variation. I think it was still correct to encode it as one
character. In principle, a program could select different glyphs depending
on the language of the text, if it "knows" it on some basis (such as
lang or xml:lang attribute in markup, or heuristics).
> I'm yet to see a font with a N<sup>os</sup> (and
> its lowercase n<sup>os</sup>) with a bar under the "os" as was frequent in
> French lead typography for writing the plural of N°
But "Nos" (with or without superscripting of the "os" part) is not a
Unicode character, is it? It might exist as a glyph in some font, but
the glyph would not have a character counterpar.
By the way, the commonly used fonts (in computers) seem to have the "o"
in NUMERO SIGN underlined, but the vertical position and relative size
vary a lot - though I would not call any of the glyphs as showing "o" as
_superscript_; I would say that a superscript extends at least somewhat
about the level of the tops of capital letter. A display of some glyphs:
-- Jukka "Yucca" Korpela, http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/
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