### Superscript#

Woudn't a MathML or LaTeX plugin for the wiki handle it much better?

-- RadomirDopieralski, 2006-12-15

+1 to this one, too.

It would but it goes against Cover the common things people need. IMO, it is very common.

Let's be bold and include the markup in Creole0.4.

-- EricChartre, 2007-01-11

Can you maybe backup your opinion with some actual examples?

I, for one, feel inconvinced -- haven't seen superscript in other context than math and chemistry for ages.

-- RadomirDopieralski, 2007-01-11

In a non mathematical context, I use it mostly for units of measurement i.e. square meter m^2^. I also use it for orders of magnitude and to express large numbers 1,342 x 10^14^.

-- EricChartre, 2007-01-11

So you mean units like "m²" and "m³" and large numbers like 1,342e14? :)

I'd use a math extension to get 1,342×10^14 though, if the notation is important, or even an image if you want to present specific typography. We must remember that this is markup for wikis, not general-purpose typesetting program -- as long as you can get the meaning across, the presentation is not that important.

Hey, how about an extension to Creole that turns "1,342e14" scientific notation into "1,342×10^^14^^" one? Mathching thses numbers with an regexp should be simple. Or even an extension to calculate on the fly expressions like "3*40-12". And a rule that turns "m2" into "m²". Or even an extension that adds the "^^" and "~" for "<sup>" and "<sub>"... Creole is extensible.

-- RadomirDopieralski, 2007-01-11

Unicode already has superscript and subscript numbers. All you need is a way to type or insert them. I can do it on my computer… I guess it depends on the software you have available.

### Subscript#

Woudn't a MathML or LaTeX plugin for the wiki handle it much better?

-- RadomirDopieralski, 2006-12-15

Yes, I would tend to agree.

It would but it goes against Cover the common things people need. IMO, it is not as common as Superscript but if we have the latter, why shouldn't we have Subscript?.

Let's be bold and include the markup in Creole0.4.

BTW, I like ,,,superscript text,,, better :

- Easier to type on international keyboards
- No collision with anything.

-- EricChartre, 2007-01-11

We don't have Superscript and I don't see how it is more common than subscript in general. Maybe there is some particular use you have in mind, like the "¹", "²", "³" for footnotes, for example?

-- RadomirDopieralski, 2007-01-11

Beside for basic chemistry or for number/variable indices, I don't use it much... Personally, I don't want to force the end-user to learn a new markup language for what I consider as a basic function in most word processors (even if it is sometimes hidden). For subscript, I don't have anything more substantiated.

-- EricChartre, 2007-01-11