Re: Rendering Raised FULL STOP between Digits

From: Richard Wordingham <>
Date: Sat, 9 Mar 2013 18:31:08 +0000

On Sat, 9 Mar 2013 18:23:27 +0100
Philippe Verdy <> wrote:

> 2013/3/9 Richard Wordingham <>:
> > In a real example of such a font, how would one adjust the position
> > so that U+002E is on the baseline in section numbers but raised in
> > genuine decimal numbers? (This is not an idiosyncratic style.)
> In fact I would have even thought about the reverse :
> - section numbers delimited/terminated by full stops *above* the
> baseline (possibly using the MIDDLE DOT, without any other extra
> spaces such as "1򈚒 Section Heading"), but
> - decimal dots still being on the baseline (3.10, standard English
> style)

That's *not* what I was taught to do in school. I'm English, not
American. In the right context, what looks like 3.10 can actually mean
310 in British English! The proper encoding of this product is yet
another issue.

> Do you mean higher than baseline but still lower than the middle dot ?

The middle dot glyph would do fine. However, I understand that one
should not use U+00B7 MIDDLE DOT to represent the raised decimal
point. U+00B7 does not have the right properties. Therefore, I want to
understand how one uses U+002E to encode it and still have it rendered
properly given the right font for, say, mid 20th century British English
text. It's just conceivable that no such font existed yesterday, and I
strongly suspect I don't have any such font available for little extra

> What I've seen instead is a locale-neutral decimal separator
> consisting in a small vertical line **hanging** from the baseline,
> which would notamlly never be confused for something else...

How many of these cannot be encoded in Unicode?

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