[tz] [PROPOSED PATCH 2/2] Use "№" for number sign in commentary

Eric Muller eric.muller at efele.net
Thu Jul 30 15:40:06 UTC 2015

On 7/30/2015 7:38 AM, J Andrew Lipscomb wrote:
> In French at least, the second character of N° is properly U+00B0 DEGREE SIGN.

The superscript o stands for an "o" and U+00B0 ° DEGREE SIGN is nowhere 
close to being the correct representation for it (it's another matter 
whether that superscript o should look like a circle or not).

As noted before, because it is easy to find "n<sup>os</sup>" (for the 
plural), the characters U+00BA º MASCULINE ORDINAL INDICATOR and U+2116 
№ NUMERO SIGN are not very useful in modern representations of 
"n<sup>o</sup>". Furthermore, if I am not mistaken, U+2116 № NUMERO SIGN 
was introduced in Unicode for compatibility with East Asian character 
sets, and probably would not have been encoded on its own merit.

In modern text representations, markup is the only sane way to go. And 
in plain text, "no." and "nos." are probably the best approximations.


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