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How can I escape curly braces within the \texttt{} environment?

\texttt{ \{ } produces errors within my template, which can be found here: (link)

I saw this question for square braces, but the solution seems like a bit of a hack, and doesn't work for curly braces.

(FYI, the purpose of this is to include a regex statement in monospaced font, amoung normal font in the rest of a table. If there's a preferable solution, I'm open to ideas there.)

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Something like \texttt{This has \{brackets\} in it}? –  cslstr May 29 at 18:37
Nope. Apologies, should have added what I'd tried! –  Chris May 29 at 18:38
It's not too late to add a MWE :) –  cslstr May 29 at 18:38
@Chris what you tried will work unless you are using 7bit OT1 encoded fonts which don't have { (except in typewriter) there is very little reason to ever be using those now. If you use T1 encoded fonts \{ works as shown in Ian's answer –  David Carlisle May 29 at 18:45
In your edit you say \texttt{\{} produces errors. That should not produce an error (but may use the wrong font if you use OT1) Please always post a complete document that demonstrates the problem –  David Carlisle May 29 at 18:48

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For "escaping" one typically use \, as in \{ and \}. However, for the typewriter font, you might be interested in \string{ and \string}:

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Compare \texttt{\string{\string}} to \verb|{}| and \texttt{\{\}}

\string provides similar output to \verb, but is allowed in moving arguments.

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Thank you - \string{ is the one for me! –  Chris May 29 at 18:47

Use a short verbatim environment, or load the fontenc package.

\texttt{\{ Braces \}} \{ Braces \} \verb+ { Braces }+


The braces in the middle version are 'ordinary' text; the ones you need are on the left and the right. Without fontenc, the first method will give the wrong symbols. This answer explains what's going on.

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This is good -- totally forgot about the ability to change the delimiter with \verb. –  cslstr May 29 at 18:39
Thank you - both are valid options. In this situation, I'll use Werners \string{ instead, as it appears \verb doesn't work within the tabular environment - and I presume I'm better to avoid loading a full package where possible. Thanks for your answer! –  Chris May 29 at 18:47
another technique that works is \textt{\char \{} (with a backtick between \char and the \{, which can't easily be shown here in comments) and similarly for the closing brace. it's a plain tex/"old style" convention, but that's what i learned first and old habits die hard. –  barbara beeton May 29 at 19:15

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