# [OS X TeX] Superscripts for ordinals

Doug Fields dfields-macosx-tex-0205 at pexicom.com
Mon Feb 28 20:47:09 CET 2005

I apologize for the extremely basic nature of this question and the
fact that it is not directly Mac OS X related. Having read through the
Not-So-Short introduction to LaTeX and having googled around, I can't
seem to determine a definitive answer.

Is there a way to get a standard "superscript" in LaTeX easily?

I use ordinals for my document extensively (relating to dates): January
24th, for example, where I like the th superscript. So, I type:

January 24$^{\mathrm{th}}$

each time, which seems cumbersome and error-prone. Is there something
easier predefined?

However, to continue on in this thread... If nothing exists, would
someone give me a definition for doing something like

\ss{th}

or even

\th{}
\nd{}
\st{}
\rd{}

Or even better

\ord{} which checks the previous character and gives the appropriate
superscript ordinal extension (for English, anyway; I'm sure others can
add the iemes and whatever they want). Possibly \ord{21} which does the
same thing but takes the information in there.

sure will learn how to do simple things like these, but until then...

Thanks,

Doug

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