There was a thread a while ago where this issue was discussed. I'll see if I can locate it. One way to move the - above the 3 is to use negative kerning. I tested and it did it with -440 kerning. The easiest way to increase/decrease kerning is to place you cursor before the character and then click Alt + right (or left) arrow key (Windows).
(If you need to move up the - you can do it with Baseline Shift in the Character panel.)
InDesign doesn't support equations or math type. I tried the same thing thing as Ellis and it worked just fine, albeit slowly due to all the keystrokes. Add the Shift key to the Alt/Opt left arrow sequence and it moves left even faster.
- There are some math plug-ins that might work.
- You might also put a list of equations on the pasteboard (set them up painstakingly once), and copy and paste them as necessary.
Thank you. It occurred to me to use minus kerning but I thought that might be tedious. I have MathType and use it frequently in Word. But it seems the only way to use it in InDesign is to produce the equation or formula in MathType and then save it and then place it like a graphic. That is not the best way either.
I appreciate the help.
Your idea of setting them up once might work. It sure seems easier then changing kerning for each formula.
Thanks for your thoughts.
I teach layout using both Adobe FrameMaker and Adobe InDesign: Frame has an equation editor built in and is equipped to deal with this sort of task, InDesign just isn't.
I understand. I have read how to use MathType with InDesign but it still seems like a pain. I have found Math Magic Pro for InDesign but even an academic license is $300. I only occasionally us InDesign and I just cannot justify spending $300 for a few times a year that I might need it. Thanks for explaining the limitations of InDesign. I think you and Ellis answered my question.