The superscript (<sup>) and subscript (<sub>) HTML tags can be quite useful when answering (or asking) questions, and it eludes me as to why there isn't a button for it in the question/answer editor.

Is there a reason for this, or has it just been overlooked or deemed unnecessary?

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    This should be asked at Meta Stack Exchange. Commented May 27, 2015 at 8:46
  • @curiousdannii I considered that, but I thought it would be more relevant here. (Given that it is more language based.)
    – Dog Lover
    Commented May 27, 2015 at 8:57
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    I'm sure it would be useful in Chemistry and plenty of other sites too. Because the formatting is shared by all sites they won't implement anything just for English.se. Commented May 27, 2015 at 8:59
  • @curiousdannii Of course. I just love this community :) If it gets enough reception here I will take it over to the main site.
    – Dog Lover
    Commented May 27, 2015 at 9:01
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    I recently needed to add a superscript-width letter space to an answer, and tried two unsuccessful coding possibilities (superscript and super) before giving up and simply hunting through answers until I found one that included the proper code for superscript. A superscript button would have been much more convenient.
    – Sven Yargs
    Commented May 28, 2015 at 0:56
  • @SvenYargs Being a programmer myself, the code doesn't bother me (I love code!); it's more the fact that it's a bit of a pain to type out!
    – Dog Lover
    Commented May 28, 2015 at 0:57
  • I'm sure I've learned and forgotten that particular code a half-dozen times in the past ten years. I don't spend much time adding HTML tags these days, and I use sup just rarely enough not to remember it when I need it.
    – Sven Yargs
    Commented May 28, 2015 at 1:01


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