Template:Su

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Purpose

Template for creating two smaller lines of text on one actual line, this can be used for scientific notations of uncertainty and physics symbols, such as nuclides and particles.

It was named after the <sup> and <sub> HTML tags, which share the first two letters of their name with this template. This template uses the third letter of the name of these tags, p and b, as the name of the argument that drives the output of the top and bottom line, respectively.

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Arguments

|p= The contents of the top line.
|b= The contents of the bottom line.
|a= The alignment of both lines (|a=r: right-aligned; |a=c: center-aligned; default is left-aligned).
|w= The size of the characters (|w=f: fixed-width (monospace), otherwise template inherits the current font and context by default).

Note on fractions

Usually, when using vulgar fractions it is MOS habit to use &frasl; (MOS:FRAC) and {{frac}}. However, in <sub> or <sup> tags, best use the keyboard slash / for readibility in most browsers:

X1⁄2
7⁄8
(fraction slash) Red XN

and

X1/2
7/8
(keyboard slash) Green tickY

Examples

Simple
X{{su|p=a}}X{{su|b=b}}X{{su|p=a|b=b}}X
Xa
X
b
Xa
b
X


Left-aligned (default)
X{{su|p=aaaaa|b=b}}X{{su|p=a|b=bbbbb}}X
Xaaaaa
b
Xa
bbbbb
X


Right-aligned
X{{su|a=r|p=aaaaa|b=b}}X{{su|a=r|p=a|b=bbbbb}}X
Xaaaaa
b
Xa
bbbbb
X


Center-aligned
X{{su|a=c|p=aaaaa|b=b}}X{{su|a=c|p=a|b=bbbbb}}X
Xaaaaa
b
Xa
bbbbb
X


Smaller font
{{small|X{{su|p=a}}X{{su|b=b}}X{{su|p=a|b=b}}X}}
Xa
X
b
Xa
b
X


Larger font
{{big|X{{su|p=a}}X{{su|b=b}}X{{su|p=a|b=b}}X}}
Xa
X
b
Xa
b
X


Fixed-width
X{{su|p=...|b=www}}X{{su|w=f|p=...|b=www}}X
X...
www
X...
www
X

Line breaks

Unlike <sup> and <sub> tags, this template does not prevent line breaks between the two small lines and the preceding text. Thus, if this template is used to supply a subscript and superscript over a base symbol, the whole structure has to be enclosed in a {{nowrap}}, or this template should be invoked through another template that takes care of the wrapping in an appropriate way.

Example: {{nowrap|X{{su|p=a|b=b}}}}  Xa
b

See also