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I'd like to export text from org-mode to LaTeX that contains accented characters. I am using curly brackets, following the guide from the top answer in this question.

# This:
Foo B{\"u}chi automaton bar.
# Exports to:
B\{$\backslash$"u\}chi automaton.

# Whilst this:
Foo B{\"u}chi automaton bar.
# Exports to:
B{\"u}chi automaton.

The question is either:

  1. How do I esacape the {\"} to avoid the conversion to {$\backslash$"u\} ?
  2. How do I use LaTeX inline, as `$x$ allows me to use math inline ?
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up vote 5 down vote accepted

Why don't you insert directly ü? Org exported LaTeX source loads inputenc package with utf8 option.

Org file:



Exported file:


  pdfcreator={Emacs Org-mode version 7.9.2}}






If you want to insert inline LaTeX, you can define a dummy macro:

#+LATEX_HEADER: \newcommand{\inlinelatex}[1]{#1}


\inlinelatex{Foo B{\"u}chi automaton bar.}
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Great, that fixed it. I added ü directly into the document. Thanks. I should add that I am using xelatex and pdflatex, which apparently complicates matters with accented characters. But the solution that works for me is described here: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/54573/… Thanks! – Rob Stewart Jul 14 '13 at 1:39
About using XeLaTeX with org-mode see also How can I use XeLaTeX for LaTeX export instead of pdfLaTeX?. – giordano Jul 14 '13 at 8:29

To avoid working with unicode documents (in case the unicode package is not in your system, or this is not configured to insert unicode efficiently) you can also use the Org-mode special symbols: http://orgmode.org/manual/Special-symbols.html

You can view the predefined symbols by inspecting the org-entities variable:

C-h v RET org-entities RET

In your case this list contains an entry of the form:

("uuml" "\\\"{u}" nil "ü" "ue" "ü" "ü")

Then by writting \uuml in your org-mode buffer you'll get the desired export.

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