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Bug introduced in 8.0. or earlier, persisting through 11.0.1.

I know this site is not fond of screenshots, but this is the only way I could think of to communicate this behavior. When editing expressions that contain strings with exponents, such as Quantity expressions, the exponents can disappear.

screenshot illustrating exponent removal

This has been sent to Wolfram as a bug report but not yet confirmed. As mentioned in the screenshot, the workaround is to not attempt typeset exponents, just use the carat ^

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This question earned me a "tumbleweed" badge, so I am answering it just to close it out. The behavior was reproduced by Wolfram tech support, but I did not get a follow-up from a developer. My workaround is to avoid typeset exponents in Quantity unit expressions.

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  • $\begingroup$ I wouldn't hold your breath on the follow-up. I reported this bug to Wolfram in Aug. 2009 for Mathematica version 7. $\endgroup$ – Simon Rochester Jan 20 '17 at 2:38

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