When I first typed TeX in my previous comment, I entered it as
TeX". Then I thought to myself, "This is the Web, not a
plaintext document. Surely I can use some CSS to mark this up so that it will
And indeed, simply doing
T<span style="vertical-align: -0.5ex; line-height: 0; text-transform: uppercase">e</span>X
did sort of what I wanted. Here the
-0.5ex was a guess based
on what I knew the result should look like, the
needed to not cause an unsightly line-spacing increase (CSS3 has some proposed
properties for handling this globally), and the
used to allow non-CSS clients to degrade gracefully.
There was just one problem. The result looked ugly as sin. Still does,
really. So I took a peek at what
\TeX is actually defined as.
And that is:
So I was right about the vertical-align; what I was missing was the kerning. It's still missing, as you can tell, because I cannot think of a good way to do it in CSS (relative positioning is no good, since that will make the space after the "X" too big). Oh, well. Chalk up a point for 20-year-old technology.
On a related note, this is actually a case when use of the "style" attribute seems to be in order. I suppose I could set a class="e-in-TeX" on those spans and move the style into the site stylesheet, but that seems pretty silly too (though now that I have that markup in two or three places on this page that may indeed make sense). What I would like is a way to say, "Put TeX logo here," without having to repeat the icky markup for it every time. Chalk up a second point for 20-year-old technology, I guess.Posted by bzbarsky at May 7, 2003 11:14 PM