Issue 38995 - new method for entering common operators and greek letters
Summary: new method for entering common operators and greek letters
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Product: Math
Classification: Application
Component: ui (show other issues)
Version: OOo 1.1.3
Hardware: All All
: P3 Trivial with 2 votes (vote)
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Reported: 2004-12-14 19:34 UTC by djago
Modified: 2013-02-07 22:41 UTC (History)
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Description djago 2004-12-14 19:34:39 UTC
It would be faster if greek letters can be accessed via shortcuts (CTRL+ALT+A
for alpha lowercase, CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+A for alpha UPPERCASE...)
This could accelerate some formlae, but can exhaust all shortcuts and interfere
with other programs global shortcuts. Maybe an assignment for common greek
letters could save some work. But I think that Wolfram Research's Mathematica
has got a better approach to some of the problems. The ESC key enters the
program in a "macro" mode, so if you hit "ESC"+"A"+"ESC" you get an alpha. I
know that "ESC" is used in OOo for quitting the Math Editor, so maybe a shortcut
could do. I've made some test trying to write an average size, medium complexity
formula and the method is very fast.

For example, suppose you enter in this mode with, say, ESC (or CTRL+A, or
whatever... but think that this is a shortcut). Calculate the time you lose in
OOo 1.1.3 to enter via mouse or typing something like

left lbrace{%alpha^{%beta cdot%gamma}%GAMMA}over%OMEGA right rbrace

With the proposed method you press
ESC { ESC { ESC a ESC ^ ESC b * c ESC ESC C ESC } over ESC O }ESC

That's 67 key pressed vs. 25!! (I'm counting the "space" pressed whenever is
Maybe this is not the best way, and someone could polish a little the idea.
Comment 1 michael.ruess 2004-12-15 08:34:57 UTC
This is related to issue 29318 but refers to shortcuts for special characters,
not to functions.
Reassigned to BH.
Comment 2 djago 2004-12-15 15:19:56 UTC
I think this is not a simple "shortcut" thing, but a whole input method...
Comment 3 thomas.lange 2006-09-25 11:38:42 UTC