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Is there a c/o symbol in LaTex for writing an address? I have looked in the Comprehensive latex symbol list but couldn't find one.

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I do not think there is such a symbol, doesn people just write c/o? – daleif Mar 7 '11 at 13:08
DeTeXify doesn't know it :-( – Martin Scharrer Mar 7 '11 at 13:15
It’s in unicode, however: ℅ – Debilski Mar 7 '11 at 13:23
@daleif: Actually, when you write 'c/o' in any word processor (MS Word, OpenOffice, Google Docs) it is typeset beautifully, that's why I thought there might be a symbol for that in LaTeX too. – Dronacharya Mar 7 '11 at 13:59
On page 67 of the symbols list it says: nicefrac (part of the units package) or the newer xfrac package can be used to construct vulgar fractions like \1/2", \1/4", \3/4", and even \c/o" (like @kahens solution I guess) – meep.meep Mar 7 '11 at 14:02
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Probably quick and dirty, see ISO character entities and their LaTeX equivalents on page 3:

${^c\!/\!_o}$ Jim Jones

symbol “care of” (c/o) with LaTeX

Edit: Included suggestion from Tobi’s comment having the letters c and o non-italicised:

$\mathrm{^c\!/\!_o}$ Jim Jones

symbol “care of” (c/o) with LaTeX

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Very dirty ;-) I’d at least add \mathrm to make c and o non-italic … – Tobi Apr 10 '12 at 13:33
  \setbox 2 = \hbox {\small c}%
  \setbox 0 = \hbox {/}%
  \dimen 0 = \ht 0  \advance \dimen 0 by -\ht 2
  \raise \dimen 0 \box 2
  \kern -0.3333\wd0/\kern -0.3333\wd 0
  \lower \dp 0 \hbox {\small o}%
\co\space Mr. Bean

output result

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The "c" should be level with ascenders and the "o" at the baseline; with textcomp's \textfractionsolidus the slash is slightly better than the normal /; but for symmetry it can be slightly raised up.

  \raisebox{.85ex}{\fontsize{\sf@size}{\z@}\selectfont c}%
  {\fontsize{\sf@size}{\z@}\selectfont o}%
\co\ Mr.~Bean


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for whatever it's worth, the image for the unicode symbol (U+2105) shows the letters in italic. – barbara beeton Jun 7 '13 at 21:27
@barbarabeeton If that's preferred, just change \selectfont into \itshape. – egreg Jun 7 '13 at 21:31

Another solution. This \co macro is nearly the same that a macro used by LyX to obtain the c/o symbol (\LyXcareof)



  \co Mr. Bean

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