SaltyNuts SaltyNuts - 20 days ago 10
iOS Question

NSAttributedString superscript styling

I want to superscript all the instances of ® character in a block of text (legal disclaimer, naturally ;)) and the default way

NSAttributedString
is not very good.

If I just let the character be and only use unmodified
NSString
, it is rendered the same size as a capital letter and is placed approximately at the baseline. If I add the superscript attribute to
NSAttributedString
as follows:

[attrStr setAttributes:@{(NSString *)kCTSuperscriptAttributeName : @1} range:NSMakeRange(locationOfReg, 1)];


The character is lifted off the baseline, its size is unchanged, but the line spacing is now affected because the raised character would otherwise intrude on the line above.

To illustrate:

variants of (R)

I created this image in Photoshop where the desired position was achieved by reducing the size of the character and shifting the baseline. I know how to change the font size in iOS, but changing the baseline seems trickier. Any suggestions on how to achieve this?

Edit: I suppose I could use the superscript attribute as a way to shift the baseline up. Now it would be great to figure out a way to get the current font size and subsequently reduce it to allow the same method to be used on blocks of text of different size.

Answer

The following code seems to do the trick:

UIFont *fnt = [UIFont fontWithName:@"Helvetica" size:20.0];

NSMutableAttributedString *attributedString = [[NSMutableAttributedString alloc] initWithString:@"GGG®GGG"
                                                                                     attributes:@{NSFontAttributeName: [fnt fontWithSize:20]}];
[attributedString setAttributes:@{NSFontAttributeName : [fnt fontWithSize:10]
                                  , NSBaselineOffsetAttributeName : @10} range:NSMakeRange(3, 1)];

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