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    I see 3/4 but not any other fractions. Am I missing something?
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    littlez@adobeforums.com Guest

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    What font? If not an OpenType font, there may only be a couple fractions in the font you've selected. And not all OpenType fonts can allow you to choose any arbitrary fraction.

    What are you trying to do?
    Steve_Werner@adobeforums.com Guest

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    ah, yes, my font didn't have it. i'm doing a recipe book.

    thanks!
    littlez@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Use one of the OpenType fonts which come with InDesign CS or CS2: Adobe Garamond Pro, for example.
    Steve_Werner@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Steve - wasn't there a trick somehow to use one of those fractions and when already inserted you would be able to edit them on page? Or did that disappear along the way? I distincly remember being able to do that. Or that there was a PageMaker-like script you could use for it?

    Found it:

    In Help it says:
    To format fractions and ordinals
    When using an OpenType font, you can automatically format ordinal numbers with superscript characters (for example, ). Characters such as the superscript “a” and “o” in the Spanish words segunda () and segundo () are also typeset properly. You can also convert numbers separated by a slash (such as 1/2) to a shilling fraction (such as ).
    Select the characters or type objects to which you want to apply the setting. If you don’t select any text, the setting applies to new text you create.
    Make sure that an OpenType font is selected.
    In the OpenType palette, click the Ordinals button to enable or disable ordinals or the Fractions button to enable or disable fractions. These buttons have an effect only if ordinals and fractions are available in the font.

    It works works with Adobe Caslon Pro for instance. Could write things like 35/77 and the like... ;)
    Nini Tjäder Guest

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    Nini, you are amazing. You may even end by convincing me to look more closely at the Help menus! :-) Seriously, i do use them more frequently that normal users, but I had never come across this one. Thank you.
    Claudio_González@adobeforums.com Guest

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    You're right, Nini. Be aware that not all the Adobe OpenType fonts have the ability to create arbitrary fractions. (By that I mean the ability to create any fraction you choose—like 35/77). Some are restricted to the fraction glyphs which show up in the Glyphs palette.

    Thomas Phinney, the Adobe font guru explained that that ability was developed part way through the conversion of the Adobe library to OpenType, and some of the early OpenType fonts can't do it yet.
    Steve_Werner@adobeforums.com Guest

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