# Unicode greek letters

Hi,

I'm confused regarding the use of Unicode characters in matplotlib. I tried the following:

<code>

#!/usr/bin/env python
# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-

import matplotlib.pyplot as P

ax = P.gca()
ax.set_title(u"OK: ±×÷, Not OK: αβγδ")
P.show()

</code>

The 1st "OK" characters are displayed correctly, while the "Not OK" ones are (well) not (while they are available from the Gnome Character Map). I have a standard matplotlib over a standard Ubuntu distribution...

I'm aware I could use "r$\alpha$" and so on, but I'd like to stick to unicode characters... Is there any hope to use unicode greek characters?

Cheers,

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You may need to set your default font to something with those characters.

For example:

import matplotlib
matplotlib.rcParams['font.family'] = 'DejaVu Sans'

Mike

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On 11/22/2011 05:41 AM, Yannick Copin wrote:

Hi,

I'm confused regarding the use of Unicode characters in matplotlib. I tried
the following:

<code>

#!/usr/bin/env python
# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-

import matplotlib.pyplot as P

ax = P.gca()
ax.set_title(u"OK: ±×÷, Not OK: αβγδ")
P.show()

</code>

The 1st "OK" characters are displayed correctly, while the "Not OK" ones are
(well) not (while they are available from the Gnome Character Map). I have a
standard matplotlib over a standard Ubuntu distribution...

I'm aware I could use "r$\alpha$" and so on, but I'd like to stick to unicode
characters... Is there any hope to use unicode greek characters?

Cheers,