Is it possible to do smallcaps in questions and answers?

I recently quoted a dictionary definition in EL&U which ended with an example and citation along the lines of:

... *Now you sit there like a stunned mullet. - BARRY DICKENS, 1985.

In the actual dictionary, the BARRY DICKENS, 1985 bit was in smallcaps and I wanted to make it as close as possible, given the likely pedantic nature of EL&U people :-). And, as you can see, the capitalised full-size form sticks out like a sort thumb.

Now, I worked around it by putting sub and sup tags around the text as follows: <sup><sub>TEXT</sub></sup>:

*Now you sit there like a stunned mullet. - BARRY DICKENS, 1985.

That's not too bad but it elevates the text somewhat and I was just wondering whether there was a way to get the same effect but with the baseline lined up with the other text.

I have looked through the markdown help but found nothing to do with fonts, which is where I'd expect that to be.

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    If you want to play silly Unicode games, you can write "ʙᴀʀʀʏ ᴅɪᴄᴋᴇɴs". But I don't recommend actually doing that in a real post – for one thing, it makes the text effectively unsearchable. – Ilmari Karonen Nov 18 '15 at 4:01
  • Actually, that looks quite good, @Ilmari. The only thing missing from Unicode5.1 are Q and X which luckily don't appear in the name. And I don't really care about the searchability since that would only benefit Bazza himself and, having his own wikipedia page and a quote in Australia's national dictionary, he's obviously famous enough :-) In any case, the other things would be searchable still. I'd make that an answer rather than a comment, it's worth some rep IMO. – user14860 Nov 18 '15 at 4:47
  • Related discussion on Software Recommendations Meta about the Unicode characters: Small capital characters in posts – unor Nov 18 '15 at 10:19
  • Related feature request on English Language & Usage Meta: Proposal to add small-capitals formatting directive – unor Nov 18 '15 at 10:20

If you start with the sub instead of the sup, as in

\**Now you sit there like a stunned mullet.* <sub><sup>- BARRY DICKENS, 1985.</sup></sub>

you will wind up with something like this:

*Now you sit there like a stunned mullet. - BARRY DICKENS, 1985.

Which is a bit closer to what you are after.

  • "closer"? Did you check the pixel distance? Just kidding. Though it still doesn't line up, it looks a little better being lower than being higher, at least to my eyes. – user14860 Nov 18 '15 at 3:01
  • I tried one more <sub></sub> pair around the inside, but the result is unintelligible. – Robert Harvey Nov 18 '15 at 3:02

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