Thursday, January 20, 2022

KLO 0.973a (Qt 6) online

Version 0.973a is the first KLO version built under Qt 6, so please excuse any hiccups with the distributions, and also please get in touch if any issues arise running this version!

This version enhances KLO's braid-input mechanism with the following additional features, demonstrated in the short video below:

  • Braid generators can be entered, as before, via lowercase and uppercase letters (e.g., aB), as well as via positive and negative numbers (e.g., 1 -2). These numeric generators can be delimited by any combination of spaces, commas, and semicolons, for flexibility, and the alphabetic and numeric generators can be freely mixed (e.g., aB -3 4).
  • Positive (or negative) half-twists of all strands can be entered via \ (or /, respectively); these may be optionally followed by [a,b] to only perform the twist on strand numbers a through b inclusive (e.g., \[3,5] performs a positive half-twist on strands 3 through 5.
  • Parentheses "( )" can be used to group together expressions, and powers can be expressed by ^n for the chosen n (e.g., b^-5, or (\[2,5] bc)^2.

Thanks to Ken Baker for discussions that got the braid improvements going!

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