Re: Roman Numerals (was Re: Improper grounds for rejection of proposal N2677)

From: Philippe Verdy (
Date: Tue Nov 01 2005 - 16:14:31 CST

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    From: "Jukka K. Korpela" <>
    > The use of superscript or subscript characters versus formatting or
    > styles or markup is a rather complex question, and I think the
    > best answer is "it depends". In particular, formatting, styles,
    > or markup may get lost in many ways - simple cut and paste may
    > turn 2<sup>2</sup> to 22. Similarly, in a phonetic notation,
    > k<sup>h</sup> turns to wrong information if the superscripting is
    > removed. On the other hand, changing 1<sup>st</sup> to 1st
    > should not disturb anyone, except perhaps esthetically.

    Tip: for HTML you can use:
      2<sup><span style="display:none;">^</span>2</sup>
    When markup is available, the ^ character won't be displayed and the
    exponent will be effectively in superscript, but for copy/pasting in
    plain-text, it should be there so you'll get "2^2"...

    I think this could work as well for
      k<sup><span style="display:none;">^</span>h</sup>
    (but you'll get "k^h" with a symbol in the middle of a word, still better
    than just "kh" as it preserves the intended semantics.)

    You would probably not use this trick for "1st", but it would be useful for
      N<sup><span style="display:none;">^</span>o</sup> one or two issues
    because without it, you get get "No one or two issues" with the wrong

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