From: Philippe Verdy (email@example.com)
Date: Sat Apr 01 2006 - 04:50:11 CST
A good reference of abbreviations in French:
(Note that "Mademoiselle" is not abbreviated "Melle" or "M<sup>elle</sup", but "Mlle" or "M<sup>lle</sup". And that "ditto" abbreviated "d<sup>o</sup>" is not documented there but attested).
The usage of the underlining is optional (not required) on these abbreviation superscripts.
I really don't think it abbreviates a preceding "m" or "n", but that it is used to disambuate cases such as calls of footnotes that are usually not underlined (but inHTML, calls of footnotes are often the start of a link, so it is underlined in most browsers.
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