[NTG-context] Super- and sub-script in text mode, or, fonts in math mode

James Fisher jameshfisher at gmail.com
Wed Mar 3 13:04:25 CET 2010

Hi Wolfgang,

Thanks, that gets me closer (though \highlow and \lowhigh result in
"undefined control sequence" here).

However, the superscripted text is not reduced in size at all.  This seems
to be XeTeX-specific, as using PDFTeX works fine.  The same issue arises
using \small{} in XeTeX, whether standing alone or in combination with

Some light could be shed on this by observing that *all* text produced by
XeTeX, when in comparison with PDFTeX, looks like has gone through \small.
I suppose this is possible as I note that \small can't be applied
recursively (i.e. \small{\small{x}} == \small{x} ).



On Tue, Mar 2, 2010 at 10:02 PM, Wolfgang Schuster <
schuster.wolfgang at googlemail.com> wrote:

> Am 02.03.10 22:58, schrieb James Fisher:
>  Hi,
>> A minor problem: I'm trying to place superscripted text in the text body
>> -- things like '2^nd March'.  I can't see anything like 2{\sup nd}, so my
>> only known solution at the moment is math mode: $2^{nd}$.  Despite this not
>> being 'math', I don't really have an aversion to it.  However, there's a
>> problem with it: the superscripted text appears in italic Computer Modern.
>>  I'm using Gentium Book Basic as my body font, using XeTeX.  The Gentium
>> typeface is used perfectly everywhere, including the '2' in '2^nd', with the
>> exception of the superscripted text.
>> So what solutions are to hand?  Is there either (1) super/sub commands in
>> text mode, or (2) a way of fixing this in math mode?
>> (Also, would this be a problem with ConTeXt or with XeTeX?)
> a\high{x}b\low{x}c\highlow{x}{y}d\lowhigh{x}{y}
> Wolfgang
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