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    Red face how do I type Greek letters in Python?

    I'm a beginner of programming. I should type a math formula but I can't find the way to type Greek letters such as alpha, beta and so on. I've already looked for info on the Internet but I always read stuff about matplotlib and plots that I think I don't need for my simple problem. If I select the font I don't find anything for Greek symbols. Hope someone could help me, thank you!

    I'm using Python 2.7.5

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    Re: how do I type Greek letters in Python?

    What exactly do you mean by "type" here?
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    Re: how do I type Greek letters in Python?

    I want to write sin(alpha) - can't find the Greek alpha symbol

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    Re: how do I type Greek letters in Python?

    but do you need to print that out as a part of its output or do you want to be able to type that when the program prompts for user input?
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    Re: how do I type Greek letters in Python?

    Quote Originally Posted by Vaphell View Post
    but do you need to print that out as a part of its output or do you want to be able to type that when the program prompts for user input?
    yes, I want to type stg like that:

    alpha = input("Enter alpha value: ")
    beta = ...
    x = sin(alpha) + cos(beta)
    print x

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    Re: how do I type Greek letters in Python?

    While it is possible to use Unicode either in Python source or maybe even in the shell, doing so is just asking for encoding-related troubles. Why not just call it "alpha" like everyone else would?
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    Re: how do I type Greek letters in Python?

    I know but it's an excercise from a book and I should type it that way

    I'll try to get info about Unicode, thank you CptPicard

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    Re: how do I type Greek letters in Python?

    the following code shows all the greek letters
    Code:
    for greek_code in range(0x3b1,0x3ca):
        greek_char = unichr(greek_code).encode('utf-8')
        print hex(greek_code), greek_char
    you may find more infos about how to use unicode in your python scripts here:
    http://docs.python.org/2/howto/unicode.html

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    Re: how do I type Greek letters in Python?

    strings are one thing but apparently python 2.x doesn't allow for non-ascii chars in variable names at all. Python 3.x does but only accepts ones that are letters (eg µ is ok but is not)
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    Re: how do I type Greek letters in Python?

    Go to your keyboard settings and add a new layout. Choose greek. Then choose a key combination that switches between the layouts or click on the relevant tray icon that appears.

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