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I have a question dealing with one of the advanced features of today's fonts: superscripts.

Using LO, one can automatically get ordinal numbers using the Autocorrect feature. Type 1st and the "st" is automatically converted to a superscript. However, the superscript is an artificially created superscript where the "st" is shrunken and raised. The stroke weight is correspondingly reduced resulting in a superscript that looks disproportionately light when compared to other letters.

Today's modern fonts have better technology. Many fonts have built in superscript glyphs that are properly sized and weighted. LO can access these features graphically through the "features" option in the Format > Character dialog (or "Font" tab in paragraph or character style dialogs). If I click on the "features" option, and select "superscript," LO will insert an additional code in the font name that will call the properly designed glyphs. Thus, for example, "Sitka Text" becomes "Sitka Text:sups" and the superscript inserted is properly sized and weighted. I can get the same effect by typing the appropriate code in the font name box rather than selecting from the graphical menu of optional "features" in the character style dialog.

The typographic benefit is that, by selecting the advanced superscript of the font, one gets a true superscript that is not just shrunken letters with reduced stroke weight. The stroke weight remains consistent with the weight of the normally sized font. As an OCD challenged font freak, I prefer using the true superscripts rather than the artificially produced shrunken superscripts, which brings me to my question.

As far as I can tell, LO's automatic insertion of ordinal superscripts using the Autocorrect function always inserts artificially generated and shrunken superscripts rather than the true properly proportioned superscripts contained within advanced fonts. Is there a way of directing the Autocorrect function to use proper superscripts if they are available rather than always creating artificially shrunken ordinal superscripts?

It's a bit of a pain to have to manually reformat each ordinal number to use the proper superscript. Even if I use character styles, that is still more labor intensive than simply typing "1st" and spacebar and getting the desired effect. If I could direct the Autocorrect function to select true superscripts rather than artificially generated superscripts, that would be great.

For what it's worth, I'm using LO on Windows 10.



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