complex number formatting

So Frank has put it a feature request to support complex formatting of
numbers. An example is to be able to have “2nd Edition” where “nd” is
superscripted.

https://sourceforge.net/tracker/?func=detail&atid=678021&aid=2828391&group_id=117435

To me this feels like borderline overkill, but I’m open to having my
mind changed.

Any opinions for or against?

Bruce

For. It seems not so common in English, but more so in Roman languages:


“Ordinal indicators are sometimes written as superscripts (1st, 2nd, 3rd
rather than 1st, 2nd, 3rd), although many English-language style guides
recommend against this use. Other languages use a similar convention, such
as 1er or 2e in French, or 4ª and 4º in Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.”

It’s a case of [citation needed] though, but if it’s on Wikipedia, it must
be true.

Rintze

So Frank has put it a feature request to support complex formatting of
numbers. An example is to be able to have “2nd Edition” where “nd” is
superscripted.

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https://sourceforge.net/tracker/?func=detail&atid=678021&aid=2828391&group_id=117435On Tue, Jul 28, 2009 at 11:52 PM, Bruce D’Arcus<@Bruce_D_Arcus1> wrote:

To me this feels like borderline overkill, but I’m open to having my
mind changed.

Any opinions for or against?

Bruce


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For. It seems not so common in English, but more so in Roman languages:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subscript_and_superscript#Superscripts_which_typically_do_not_extend_above_the_ascender_line
“Ordinal indicators are sometimes written as superscripts (1st, 2nd, 3rd
rather than 1st, 2nd, 3rd), although many English-language style guides
recommend against this use. Other languages use a similar convention, such
as 1er or 2e in French, or 4ª and 4º in Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.”

It’s a case of [citation needed] though, but if it’s on Wikipedia, it must
be true.

Rintze

So Frank has put it a feature request to support complex formatting of
numbers. An example is to be able to have “2nd Edition” where “nd” is
superscripted.

https://sourceforge.net/tracker/?func=detail&atid=678021&aid=2828391&group_id=117435

To me this feels like borderline overkill, but I’m open to having my
mind changed.

Any opinions for or against?

I won’t complain if the ticket is closed on this. The use case was
flagged by Richard, and as I’d come up with an idea for a solution, I
put it into tracker partly just to keep a record of the issue and
discussion within reach for future reference.

As far as I know, superscripting of ordinal suffixes hasn’t ever been
specifically requested by a user. The only note reference that I can
find in the forum is a mention that Word (and possibly Open Office,
although I haven’t checked) can superscript ordinal suffixes
automagically in the document:

So on second thought, I agree with Bruce that this is overkill. Feel
free to close away.

Frank