[NTG-context] Math bug (maybe) - prime

Alan Braslau alan.braslau at icloud.com
Wed Dec 28 18:32:30 CET 2022

On Wed, 28 Dec 2022 08:26:24 +0100
Mikael Sundqvist via ntg-context <ntg-context at ntg.nl> wrote:

> Note that the 2 sits higher in
> \primed{a}^2
> than it does in
> (a')^2.
> For readability, I really prefer the version with parentheses.

Certain Mathematical writing styles seek to minimize the use of
parenthesis ...

Now, the question is whether a prime is considered an exponent or
rather some sort of accent? One can ask the same question considering
other modifiers such as asterisk/star or even $\hat{a}$. Sometimes,
these can symbolize operators, in other cases they may indicate a
variant (as does prime).

I suspect that Context is currently treating $\primed{a}^2$ as
${a^{\prime}}^2$ (although, maybe the 2 is not made smaller?).

Aesthetically, should $x^2$ and $\hat{x}^2$ display any difference in
the placement of the exponent?


P.S. As a challenge, consider the following:
(a chiral carbon-14 atom).

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