Superscripts Are Bad!

One of the biggest offenders in the use of superscripts is Microsoft(R) Word for two reasons: One is that this feature is a default. The other is that the feature is difficult to find and change. As a graphic designer, I receive text files from customers that contain two bothersome uses of superscripts in ordinal numbers.

One is that the superscript text is so small that it does not print well, particularly when the normal type is small.

june1st

The use of normal size text works just fine.

june-normal

 

The other is that the use of superscripts in date formats is inappropriate.

two-dates

Note that in the first date, the comma looks peculiar. Also, if care is not exercised, the year may also become a superscript.

The correct form is June 1, 2015

My advice: Turn off this feature in the auto correct options.

Go to file/options/proofing\AutoCorrect Options and uncheck the ordinals option.

ordinal

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About stanleygraphics

I am a veteran graphic designer who started at the time when cut and paste meant an X-acto knife and rubber cement. I use my experience to educate others. I have an intolerance for ignorance and stupidity.
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