From: Jean-François Colson <>
Date: Wed, 02 Oct 2013 00:50:28 +0200

Le 01/10/13 02:51, Leo Broukhis a écrit :
> Hi All,
> Attached is a part of page 36 of Henry Alford's */The Queen's English:
> a manual of idiom and usage/ (1888)*
> []
> Is the way to indicate alternative s/z spellings used there plain text
> (arguably, if it can be done with a typewriter, it is plain text) or
> rich text (ignoring the font size of letters s and z)?
> If it's the latter, what's the markup to achieve it? If it can be
> considered plain text, then "anathemati<small>s<COMBINING OVER
> MARK>z</small>e" could be considered.
> IIRC, there was a similar discussion or a proposal concerning atomic
> masses and numbers of chemical elements that are traditionally typeset
> in a similar way.
> What happened to it?
> Thanks,
> Leo

That reminds me of car registration plates in some French oversea
For example, on this picture from Réunion
the plate number is 263 BLG 974 where 974 is the department number.
Since the department numbers in mainland France only have two digits, in
order to not increase the width of registration plates, it has become
common practice to print the oversea department plates with the first
two digits of the department number one above the other.
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