ALT Codes for Math APL Symbols (⌸ ⌾ ⍋)

Below is the complete list of Windows ALT Codes for Math APL Symbols, their corresponding HTML entity numeric character references, and when available, their corresponding HTML entity named character references, and Unicode code points. If you are new to ALT codes and need detailed instructions on how to use ALT codes in your Microsoft Office documents such as Word, Excel & PowerPoint or applicable Microsoft Windows programs & applications, please read How to Use ALT Codes to Enter Special Characters. If you want, instead of using ALT codes, you can also just quickly tap or click any APL symbol in the list below to copy and paste it into your document. (Note: Some symbols might not display correctly due to device or platform limitations in character/text representation.)

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APL (A Programming Language) is a high-level, array-oriented programming language known for its concise and expressive syntax. It was developed in the 1960s by Kenneth E. Iverson and later refined with the help of Adin D. Falkoff. APL is particularly notable for its unique set of symbols and operators used for mathematical and array operations.

Key features and characteristics of APL include:

  1. Array-Centric: APL is designed primarily for array processing. Arrays are fundamental data structures in APL, and many operations can be performed on entire arrays in a single statement.
  2. Symbolic Notation: APL uses a rich set of symbolic characters and operators, often represented by special symbols like ⍺, ⍵, and ⌿. This allows for highly compact and expressive code.
  3. Interactive: APL is well-suited for interactive programming. Programmers can enter and test code directly in an interactive environment, making it suitable for exploratory data analysis and mathematical modeling.
  4. Functional Programming: APL incorporates elements of functional programming, allowing for the composition of functions and operations on data.
  5. Cross-Platform: APL has been implemented on various computer systems and is available on different platforms.
  6. Conciseness: APL code is often much shorter and more expressive than equivalent code in other programming languages, which can make it efficient for certain types of tasks.
  7. Mathematical and Scientific Applications: APL is commonly used in fields such as mathematics, scientific computing, and data analysis, particularly for tasks involving numerical arrays.

Although APL has a unique and powerful notation, it can also be challenging to learn due to its unconventional symbols and operators. Despite this, it has a dedicated user base and continues to be used in specialized domains, especially for mathematical and array-intensive computations. Various modern programming languages have drawn inspiration from APL’s array-oriented approach, such as J and NumPy in Python.

For more math signs and symbols, see ALT Codes for Math Symbols. For the the complete list of the first 256 Windows ALT Codes, visit Windows ALT Codes for Special Characters & Symbols.