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mauro sacchetto
Posts: **353**

A little clarification on subs, sups and ordn.

There are fonts that have lowercase, uppercase, and numbers for all these lookups, others that have a much smaller set of glyphs.

Are there any standards? Or is the principle that the more glyphs available, the easier it is to meet any user's needs?

Thank you

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## Comments

1822,940All our fonts contain super- and subscript numerals 0-9 (which also have Unicode encodings), needed for footnote indicators, exponents, and molecular formulae. For the reaons @K Pease notes, including plus, minus, equals and parentheses is a good idea.

Most also contain lowercase letters a–z, which are useful for ordinals and more complex indicators.

Beyond that, lots of specialist scholarly publishing makes use of superscript uppercase A-Z and also Greek letters. Our fonts for Brill include Latin and Greek subscript letters too, as well as some accented superscript letters; that set is based on analysis of Brill’s book and journal publications. It is a fairly extreme case.

Then, of course, there are full-blown math fonts, which use multiple levels of optically scaled super- and subscripts for a huge array of numerals, letters, and symbols.

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