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Automatic Ordinals

What’s an ordinal, you may ask? That’s the official name for small, superscript text used after a numeral to denote a rank (e.g., 1st, 2nd, etc.). Rather than go to any trouble to create ordinals manually, some OpenType fonts have this function built right in. (OpenType fonts will have an O symbol next to the name in the Character palette’s Font pop-up menu or the Type>Font contextual menu.) Just create some type using an OpenType font from the Character palette (found under Window>Type), select the text object with the Selection tool and in the OpenType palette (found under Window>Type), click on the Ordinals icon. The appropriate text will be converted into ordinals. Interestingly, any additional text you add to the existing type will also be converted into ordinals automatically. In our example, if we were to press the Return key (PC: Enter key) and type “5th” it would automatically change the “th” into an ordinal.


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