I have been trying to reformat a recent post which calls for superscript to a footnote, and I will be danged if I can see how to do it without getting into (sup) with the little wedgie thingies — which doesn't seem to work here: as soon as I put them in the text they disappear, like this: 11 (that was 1<sup>1) — or rewriting the entire block of text in HTML.

Example..see this answer and last para as well as the comments below it .

An unanswered question on the topic.

How the heck do you do superscripts, at the beginning and also the end of text? And why don't we have a button to make it more convenient? Or am I missing something?


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You can do it with regular HTML notation in accordance with the following coding:


When you use this code in your post, it produces a 1 that looks like this: 1

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    I just figured it out. Thanks! This thread also has some guidance on the subject. stackoverflow.com/questions/15155778/… Commented Jul 16, 2019 at 19:58
  • I'm sorry...{curly brackets} are supposed to work like <angle brackets> (wedgie thingies)? Or I should only use angle brackets? Commented Jul 16, 2019 at 20:55
  • Gotcha, @sumelic , and thanks. This has been confusing enough for an old guy like me who has to depend on his teen-age daughter for help in HTML. BTW, even she had to struggle with it, and finally gave up due to the peculiarities of the site. Commented Jul 16, 2019 at 21:26
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    What other HTML codes work here? Is there a list somewhere? Commented Jul 26, 2019 at 19:47
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    @JohnLawler: I wish I knew. I figured this one out a few years ago by trial and error—but there must be a usable HTML reference list for this site somewhere. Do you know, sumelic? tchrist? Andrew Leach? Laurel? I gather from Andrew Leach's answer that the particular HTML code set that EL&U uses is called Markdown, but I don't know what its powers and limitations are, except that it evidently doesn't support small caps by simple HTML tagging.
    – Sven Yargs
    Commented Jul 26, 2019 at 19:53
  • @JohnLawler meta.stackexchange.com/questions/3122/formatting-sandbox Commented Jul 29, 2019 at 12:32

Markdown supports a limited subset of HTML. Superscript and subscript tags are included:

Text <sup>up</sup> Text <sub>down</sub>

Text up Text down

Some fonts come with a full or nearly-full set of superscript and subscript glyphs. Georgia Pro, the font used here, doesn't; but it does come with numbers which you can enter using Unicode references. Exactly how depends on your operating system; you may be reduced to using charmap or something similar.


You can also use a utility such as https://yaytext.com/tiny-text/ which will create Unicode characters for you. It has to make some assumptions and not every character is available. It also ends up a bit small here.

Text ˢᵘᵖᵉʳˢᶜʳᶦᵖᵗ

However another utility at the same site does a reasonable job of small capitals, which aren't easy otherwise and which are useful in dictionary references:

Over, see ᴄʀɪᴄᴋᴇᴛ.

It's probably worth adding that if you want an angle-bracket to appear, you either need to enclose it in code-quotes (that's the backtick quote) or use the HTML entity &lt;

  • Being that this is a site that would greatly benefit from a font that uses "a full or nearly-full set of superscript and subscript glyphs" , why are we using Georgian Pro? Commented Jul 16, 2019 at 20:16
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    Well, generally only numbers are required. I find myself wanting small capitals more. And actually, the number of fonts available as web fonts with a complete character set is very small.
    – Andrew Leach Mod
    Commented Jul 16, 2019 at 20:24
  • Well, what I am thinking is that sometimes footnotes come in different flavors i.e. (*), (**) and a variety of symbols which are not numbers. Sorry, I am kinda ignorant on this stuff. and if my question seems asinine please let me know. Commented Jul 16, 2019 at 21:34
  • Does this not beg the question.."Which font works best for the purposes of EL&U?" Or maybe, "How is our present font impeding posts"? Commented Jul 16, 2019 at 21:39
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    You may need to mug up on HTML entities like &dagger; &ddagger; and things like \* to preserve an asterisk as an asterisk. (I edited your comment to put it right). Also, if you search Meta for font georgia you'll find a number of posts.
    – Andrew Leach Mod
    Commented Jul 16, 2019 at 22:17
  • Thanks...I do admit that I was lost trying to do that correctly...your continuing help is an inspiration for me. I think maybe we could do with some "markup for dummies" here...in a FAQ or sumpin' Commented Jul 16, 2019 at 22:19
  • @Cascabel I recall seeing something of that sort in some meta, not on ELU perhaps.
    – NVZ Mod
    Commented Jul 17, 2019 at 2:41
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    I wouldn't encourage the use of unicode substitutions for regular alpha-numerical characters; you don't know what tools will or won't have trouble for them. Those unicode characters should only be used for their intended uses (often in maths/science.) Commented Jul 17, 2019 at 11:27
  • The Unicode characters for raised ⁰ ¹ ² ³ ⁴ ⁵ ⁶ ⁷ ⁸ ⁹ and lowered ₀ ₁ ₂ ₃ ₄ ₅ ₆ ₇ ₈ ₉ numerals are handy, and also letters for formal linguistics like ʷ ʸ ʰ ⁿ ᵗ ᵈ ˢ and ᵢ ⱼ ᵣ ᵤ ᵥ ᵦ ᵩ ᵪ. Commented Jul 26, 2019 at 19:59

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