How to render a ^ (carrot) in normal LaTeX text

Here are two ways to render a ^ (carrotcaret) in plain text within LaTeX:

\documentclass{article} 
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc} 
\begin{document} 
A caret: \verb|^| 
\end{document}
\textasciicircum

I tested them and both work as prescribed. They produce different carrotscarets.

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Addendum: 03/02/09

Corrected spelling of caret.

Addendum: 03/03/09

Wrote the wrong newsgroup name.

LaTeX Advice

While reading this article, it occurred to me that one ought to approach LaTeX coding much as one would code in any other language: re-use whenever possible.

Aspiring TeXnicians should get comfortable with searching for packages that contain the desired functionality, and using them, rather than starting from scratch each time.

Perhaps this is something of a no-brainer, but, it is very easy to get caught up in the fact that you are writing, rather then coding, while using LaTeX.

The LaTeX Beamer Class

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The beamer class is a LaTeX class for creating presentations using a video projector. It offers incremental display, prearranged themes, automatic table of contents, navigation bars, bibliographies, and other features.

Check out the home page, it has some nice examples.

The LaTeX Beamer Class lets you prepare beautiful presentations!