I'm typing up a spreadsheet that organises a television series's storyline, and the columns are supposed to be in the following format:


Is there an ordinal indicator I can put there where it says [Ordinal] that, rather than referring to numeric ordinals, actually refers to alphabetic ordinals?

After all, I'm sure I could still use the Numero sign, although a) it'd look weird in my opinion with letters instead of numerals, and b) I've already used it in Column A, so I'd prefer, if possible, to use another symbol altogether.

EDIT: When I find myself in this position, I typically use the Greek lowercase letter Alpha (α). However, I'm not entirely sure if this generally is used outside of my own personal documents.

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    Aren't they just 'labels'? – chasly from UK Sep 21 '15 at 21:02
  • I don't think there's any widely understood/accepted symbol for that, so if you choose a symbol, whoever looks at your spreadsheet may not understand what you mean. The safest would be to just use something like "sequence", or the above commenter's "label". α isn't usually used in that way. – Yee-Lum Sep 21 '15 at 22:16
  • @chaslyfromUK: Yes, obviously. But who uses that? It's much too generic. – SarahofGaia Sep 23 '15 at 20:04
  • @Yee-Lum: In this context, I personally think sequence would be more confusing than just using the Greek lowercase alpha. And, regarding its usage (or lack thereof, I suppose), yes, I figured as such. – SarahofGaia Sep 23 '15 at 20:05
  • I don't think labels on spreadsheets have any need to be _un_generic. They're meant to be easily understood by everyone at a glance. Depending on what the A, B, C, etc. actually stands for, I'm sure there's a better, simpler, more direct label you could use than "label", "sequence", or "α". – Yee-Lum Sep 23 '15 at 20:11

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