3 Replies Latest reply on Nov 8, 2014 9:47 AM by MW Design

    Atomic notation in indesign


      Sometimes I need to do atomic notation. The best practice is to line up the Z(subscript number) the A(superscript) Symbol(not sub/superscripted). In R there is a phantom character that allows the sub/superscripts to line up. Anything like that in InDesign?

        • 1. Re: Atomic notation in indesign
          Ellis home Level 4

          Can you give some examples of what you are looking for? What is "R"?

          You could do something like this playing with Kerning for the subscript.


          Atomic elements.JPG

          • 2. Re: Atomic notation in indesign
            Bo LeBeau Level 4

            You might want to check out either MathType or MathMagic.


            From MathType:


            With MathType and InDesign, you can:


            Add an equation to InDesign. You can save MathType equations as EPS images

            that you can place in your InDesign document. You can also copy & paste

            equations and expressions from MathType directly into InDesign.


            Edit an equation in InDesign. If you use the Place command in InDesign, a link

            to the equation is saved in the document. If you open the original EPS in

            MathType for editing, after you have finished your changes, closing the window

            will update the equation in InDesign.


            Import a Word document with MathType equations into InDesign. If you

            have a Word document with equations, save time by placing the document and

            equations directly into InDesign, retaining proper vertical alignment on the


            Both of these have versions for Mac & Windows,


            Screen shots from Wikipedia:




            • 3. Re: Atomic notation in indesign
              MW Design Level 5

              Ellis is correct. It is done most easily using character styles for the super and subscripts, then kerning to move the sub under the super.


              I read your post first over on the QuarkXpress forum and had answered it there. That reply also has a sample QXP10 file. the screen shot below is from QXP, but it works the same in ID. So grab the sample file and basically set up ID to do the same.