# Extended ASCII characters in LaTeX document

I need to display a few extended ASCII characters and this is what I have coded so far.

\documentclass[a4paper , 12pt]{report}

\usepackage[mathletters]{ucs}
\usepackage[utf8x]{inputenc}

\begin{document}
$½·®½´»ò Í«°°±-» §±«$
\end{document}


The error message that I've got is

Package utf8x Error: Character189appearedalone.


This error message appears for each extended ASCII character between the two \$ marks.

It is not necessary to use math mode. Non math mode suggestions will do as well.

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Well, why would you want these characters in math mode in the first place? –  doncherry Mar 7 '12 at 12:01
i just tested them out in math mode to see whether it works, i do not need them in math mode. These characters appear along with other normal ascii characters –  KiloWatt Mar 7 '12 at 12:08

You should avoid using the ucs package as it hasn't been maintained for a long time - see the question utf8x vs. utf8 (inputenc). Instead you can use T1-encoded fonts and textcomp:

\documentclass[a4paper,12pt]{report}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{textcomp}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\begin{document}
½·®½´»ò Í«°°±-» §±«
\end{document}


(Don't forget to save the file encoded in UTF-8.)

If you want to keep your current file encoding, ANSI, you should pass the option ansinew instead of utf8 to inputenc. However, the plus-minus sign (±) doesn't seem to be considered in this encoding by default, so you have to take care of that yourself, like this:

\documentclass[a4paper,12pt]{report}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{textcomp}
\usepackage[ansinew]{inputenc}
\DeclareTextSymbol{\textplusminus}{TS1}{'261}
\DeclareTextSymbolDefault{\textplusminus}{TS1}
\DeclareInputText{177}{\textplusminus}
\begin{document}
½·®½´»ò Í«°°±-» §±«
\end{document}

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nope it doesnt work, i get Package inputenc Error: keyboard character used is undefined. –  KiloWatt Mar 7 '12 at 12:24
@KiloWatt I suspect your file isn't encoded in UTF-8, but e.g. in ANSI - check the settings of your editor and re-encode the input file appropriately. –  diabonas Mar 7 '12 at 12:30
isnt there another method, i find it difficult to convert all my tex files to utf-8 –  KiloWatt Mar 7 '12 at 14:53
@KiloWatt What input encoding are you using at the moment? –  diabonas Mar 7 '12 at 15:11
@KiloWatt BTW: The question How do I change the encoding of my files? might be helpful. –  diabonas Mar 7 '12 at 15:18