Algosim uses many characters not found on a typical keyboard. To insert these, four methods are available:
The * key on the keyboard can be used to insert both * and ⋅. Pressing the key once inserts the dot operator ⋅ used for multiplication. Pressing the key a second time replaces this character with the asterisk * used for complex conjugation and matrix conjugate transpose.
Similarly, the − key on the keyboard can be used to insert both the hyphen-minus (-) and the mathematical minus sign (−). Pressing the key once inserts the hyphen-minus and pressing the key again replaces this with the mathematical minus sign.
If you have inserted a bullet-, multiplication- or asterisk-like character, you can press F9 to display a list of related characters:
Use the keyboard or the mouse to select the desired character.
There are similar dialogs for dash-like characters:
And for quotation marks:
The front end also allows you to enter characters using character codes. To insert a character this way, type its code followed by a whitespace or punctuation character. For instance,
In total, there are 380 codes available.
See List of character codes for a complete list.