U+00B0 vs. U+00BA (was: "Re: How to encode abbreviations")

From: Anto'nio Martins-Tuva'lkin (antonio@tuvalkin.web.pt)
Date: Sun Apr 02 2006 - 09:26:56 CST

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    On 2006.03.28, 11:12, Keutgen, Walter <walter.keutgen@be.unisys.com> wrote:

    > forms derived from the Latin wording '1o, 2o' etc for which one uses the
    > '°'. <...> Now as to know whether '°' is a superscripted 'o' or the
    > degree sign, my keyboard does not tell me. I would bed however that
    > the '°' often is smaller

    U+00B0 : DEGREE SIGN is indeed smaller, and it is a perfect ring (circular
    with concentric circular "hole"), while most fonts have their "o"s oval
    and with varying stroke width. Moreover, U+00BA : MASCULINE ORDINAL
    INDICATOR is sometimes shown underlined.

    We have already noted in this list that, due to keyboard availability,
    in France U+00B0 is often used where U+00BA is intended; in Portugal, for
    identical reasons, the opposite occurs.

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