How to correct two simple wordprocessing errors.

There are two things that I want to tell you today. they are things that annoy me somewhat when I come across them. the first is how to create superscripts and subscripts.
So often I read 25C or H2O. They are both wrong. The Celcius scale is measured in degrees. and the formula for water needs the dropped 2 or it means, if it means anything, one atom of hydrogen and two of oxygen Which is an impossibility anyway.
This is a very simple thing to rectify. Simply click on ‘format’ on the toolbar and click on Font.
You will get the following window opening.

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Check the superscript or subscript box, whichever you want and click OK. Then type what you want to be super- or subscripted. Go back to Format, Font and uncheck the bod. Click OK and you’re ready to go.

Unfortunately, WordPress does not recognise the superscript nor the subscript, and when I copied this into WordPress, it came out without these corrections. I had to remove the corrected words.

 

 

The other thing that irritates me when reading is when there is an apostrophe at the beginning of a word. (such as ’till, an abbreviation of until) So often, this comes out as ‘till, which is. of course a quotation mark and not an apostrophe. (A quotation mark that is not closed, either.)
In order to prevent this, it is very simple. You can fool Word into thinking it’s an apostrophe in the middle of a word by not pressing the space bar until after you’ve typed the two words.
EG. Wait here’till I arrive.

Then you simply go back and put in the space. Word will then keep the apostrophe the right way round.

Wait here ’till I arrive.

Both quite simple really, but are usually done wrongly, either because the writer knows no better, or through ignorance of the means to correct it.

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10 thoughts on “How to correct two simple wordprocessing errors.”

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    1. I’ve not got to grips with HTML, and I suspect, judging my the very few people that use them, neither have other people. I used to use them a lot as a Science teacher before my retirement. Now I think, people are too lazy to bother. It’s easier to write H2O ot H2SO4.

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      1. I don’t use the visual editor of WordPress since there is a bug in WP which cause some HTML tags to disappear when switching from the HTML editor back to the visual editor. So, I do all my typing in the HTML editor.

        I write math related blogs so I don’t have a choice but to use HTML (and at times, even LaTeX). Well, I could use ^ to represent exponent but it wouldn’t be as neat.

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        1. The super and subscripts disappeared when I posted my post. I assume it’s due to the bug you mention, but perhaps not. I usually write the post in Word on my desktop, then copy and paste it. Things like italics and bold always vanish and I have to re-do them on the post when it’s posted.

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        2. I don’t use Word for writing posts so I am personally familiar with this issue. However, I heard from several people that copy pasting from Word to the WordPress visual editor usually mess up the formatting. Perhaps, you’d be better off just typing your posts in the WP editor or use a word to html conversion tool like this one

          https://word2cleanhtml.com/

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        3. Good point, Edmark. I’ll try it in future. The super/subscript problem would still apply though, as I don’t think WordPress has that facility. At least not as far as I know.

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