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Chapter 22. Character Formatting > Other Special Characters

Other Special Characters

InDesign can automatically substitute one character with another when appropriate. This is especially useful for ligatures, fractions, and so on.

Fractions

InDesign has no macro like XPress’s Type Tricks XTension, so making fractions with non-OpenType fonts is a hassle. (You can use the Superscript and Subscript styles and the fraction-bar character, or use specialized fonts.) However, many OpenType fonts support some pre-built fractions, and some (mostly the Pro fonts) even support the creation of any arbitrary fraction (like ). To use this feature, select any two numbers separated by a slash character—for example, 3/4—then select Fractions from the OpenType menu on the Character palette. The fractions will be correctly built using numerator and denominator characters included in the font.


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