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Subject:Re: Exponents before superscripting From:ahreed <ahreed -at- MAIL -dot- IAMERICA -dot- NET> Date:Fri, 4 Apr 1997 16:26:38 -0500
Robbie Rupel wrote:
> Scenario: We need to include inverse units on an index. The denominator
> contains a superscript (integer exponent to be exact). The application
> can not handle superscripts or subscripts, so we need to find another
> way. (FYI, the interface will be changed, but not in time for this
> The following have been suggested (and have been argued against) so far:
In mathematical contexts, a caret implies a superscript and an
implies a subscript. Though it's not elegant, it's understood.
The same convention is used in mathematical typesetting packages (e.g.,
Use of ** is particularly troublesome, since * generally implies
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