Avoiding confusion with superscript/subscript buttons
March 26, 2012 7:46 AM Subscribe
Is there any convention or other way to make subscript / superscript icons look intuitive?
posted by piato to Computers & Internet (3 answers total)
I'm trying to design an educational game for teenagers. Over the course of the games they get asked questions on a variety of subjects and they often have to type in the answer.
I’ve hit a slight roadblock, however, with questions about Chemistry, and in particular answers like H2O(subscript) or Fe2+ (superscript). I’m trying to find a way to allow pupils to enter subscript and superscript that’s intuitive for them to use, and I can’t think of anything that works particularly well!
For example, there could be buttons at the end of the textfield marked ‘subscript’ and ‘superscript’, but that will confuse pupils who don’t recognise these
words. Or the buttons could have up and down arrows, but I'm not sure this is in any way better... There's no existing text-formatting palette, so I can't put these icons next to existing font, alignment etc ones.
What's more, it seems like this is a problem that other people must have solved before! Are any of these people you? And if so, how did you do it?
I'd particularly welcome visual examples of good solutions to this conundrum, but any ideas would be good!