In astronomical publications that use proper typesetting, the magnitude of an object is written like this:

magnitude of objects

The m has the same x position as the comma.

How is this done in Indesign CC2014? I'm new to typesetting and I have no idea how to google this. I'd appreciate your help.

  • If it's an astronomical publication, they undoubtedly used LaTeX to generate the document. The command for that would be 5\overset{\rm m}{,}6/6\overset{\rm m}{,}5 as you can verify here. See also TeX.SE. – Kyle Kanos Dec 21 '14 at 18:46

You only have to work with the letter m.

Select the letter m and in the character formatting controls make the following:

  • make the letter m [superscript] or
  • reduce the [font size] of that m, and increase the [baseline shift] to an appropriate value.
  • still m selected. reduce [Tracking] to any value you like.
  • after you finish save the selected m in a [character style] to repeat it so and so.
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    Works perfectly as you described, thanks! Here's what I did. - Selected m - reduced the [font size] of that m - increased the [baseline shift] - reduced [tracking] now the fractional part was too close to the m - added a space after the comma - reduced [tracking] for that space and finally fine tuned the m - tuned the [baseline shift] of m - tuned the [font size] of m Thank you! PS Actually it was easier than trying to get this very comment formatted properly. – ratlan Dec 21 '14 at 14:26
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    There are some fonts over the internet for scientific equations. The superscript m could be stored in the font with 0 tracking. – hsawires Dec 21 '14 at 14:32
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    I was going to phrase it as "kern the bejabbers out of that sucker," but hsawires said it much more elegantly. – Lauren-Clear-Monica-Ipsum Dec 21 '14 at 23:12

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