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Re: [css3-fonts] ordinals

From: fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>
Date: Thu, 11 Jul 2013 17:14:22 -0700
Message-ID: <51DF4A5E.4050607@inkedblade.net>
To: www-style@w3.org
On 07/10/2013 11:18 AM, John Hudson wrote:
> On 10/07/13 1:18 AM, John Daggett wrote:
>
>> Note: ordinals are not superscripts even though they are often
>> confused with them.
>
> More precisely, an ordinal is a text unit consisting of a number followed by an alphabetic sequence, whose purpose is usually
> to adjectivise the number. Looked at another way, an ordinal is an abbreviated form of writing the adjectival form, e.g. 6th
> instead of sixth. In terms of display, there are three common conventions for ordinals: 1) using normal alphabetic glyphs, 2)
> using superscript alphabetic glyphs, 3) using underlined superscript alphabetic glyphs. The latter conventions is both locale
> and type design specific, so some fonts will provide for Iberian and Italian ordinals, e.g. 2ª and 8º, with underlined
> superscripts and others with plain superscripts.
>
> The OpenType Layout <ordn> features provide for mapping from regular lowercase letters to ordinal indicator letters, which may
> be identical to regular superscript letters, or might be underlined superscript variants. In practice, there is a fair amount
> of variety in how different font makers approach this feature, so results of applying <ordn> will vary. Some font makers map
> only the Iberian underlined {a} and {o} in the <ordn> feature, recommending to users to apply the <sups> feature if they want
> to use plain superscripts in ordinals.

What's used for the zeros in 1.00 when it's written looking kinda like 1°°?

~fantasai
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