Re: What characters are allowed in mathematica variable names? i.e. how

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg126013] Re: What characters are allowed in mathematica variable names? i.e. how*From*: "J. McKenzie Alexander" <jalex at lse.ac.uk>*Date*: Fri, 13 Apr 2012 04:45:23 -0400 (EDT)*Delivered-to*: l-mathgroup@mail-archive0.wolfram.com*References*: <201204120635.CAA05439@smc.vnet.net>

I think any letter-like character can be used in variable names. See the following page in the documentation center discussing textual forms and letters and letter-like forms. guide/TextualForms tutorial/LettersAndLetterLikeForms One character which basically does what you want is \[UnderParenthesis]. You can enter it quickly via ESC u( ESC. I just tried it out in Mathematica 8 and it can be used in variable names. Cheers, Jason -- Dr J. McKenzie Alexander Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method London School of Economics and Political Science Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE On 12 Apr 2012, at 07:35, Jesse Perla wrote: > In other languages like C++, _ is a kosher character to be in variable names. It is not in mathematica, so things like "my_first_variable" don't work. I have been using a ` to separate out the words to get things like my`first`variable, but now realize it is creating other issues due to the scoping it introduces. > > Are there are other characters I can use toseparate out words in variable names? > > Thanks > Please access the attached hyperlink for an important electronic communications disclaimer: http://lse.ac.uk/emailDisclaimer

**References**:**What characters are allowed in mathematica variable names? i.e. how***From:*Jesse Perla <jesseperla@gmail.com>