˚C and ˚F ?

stephen_k's picture

I'm working on a cookbook just now – I don't know if anyone on here has experience of setting the ˚C and ˚F characters? I'm using old style numerals/small caps etc and I think the uppercase C & F look harsh but I'm not sure that small caps is correct either.

Any ideas?


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Bendy's picture

I'd use small caps I think. Watch the kern between the /degree/ and the /C/. Have you tried putting the Fahrenheit and Gas Mark in parentheses? The slashes look a bit confusing.

Frode Bo Helland's picture

Looks like you could need a small cap degree sign as well.

kentlew's picture

Are you absolutely certain that you’re using a /degree/ symbol there? It looks to me like it could possibly be the /ringaccent/ (as in å) — based on the not-really-circular shape and the wide fitting.

Degree symbol (°) = shift-option-8 (on Mac)
Ringaccent (˚) = option-k (on Mac)

(It looks to me like you typed the /ringaccent/ character in your post also. And the “02DA” that appears in the sIFR thread title is unicode for the ring accent.)

If I’m right, see if changing it to a proper degree symbol doesn’t improve the spacing between numbers, symbol, and units abbreviation. The caps might look less distracting when they aren’t hanging out there on their own.

Nick Shinn's picture

As Ben says, the slash is confusing.
Even with the correct degree character, "C/350" will still look like a semantic unit.
Try putting some space either side of the slash.
Or this:
180°C (350°F) Gas 4
180°C, 350°F, Gas 4

stephen_k's picture

Thanks for the replies - very helpful.

Kentlew - you're spot on it was a Ringaccent - delighted to have got this correct now.

Here's some options based on the suggestions - anyone care to give me a second opinion?

Cheers again


Bendy's picture

I think the first one looks best. But perhaps lower the degree sign to align with the top of the numerals.

stephen_k's picture

Thanks for your input Bendy!

I've got another conventions query if anyone has any help?


Have a look at the above - units such as cm and ml and kg have follow the number directly however lb and fl oz etc have a space.

To me this is inconsistent but I'm not sure what is the correct convention? Anyone know?

Many thanks.


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