# How to type French character in LaTeX

I would like to insert "ç". Tried including \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}, and type \c {c} , but doesn't work.

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–  matth Jul 27 '12 at 11:28
you don't say how this doesn't work, so i'm guessing. if you redefined \c you would get either an error or surprising output; i'd check for that first. but of course if you have the letter on your keyboard, it's easiest to use that if you're using inputenc with an appropriate option. –  barbara beeton Jul 27 '12 at 12:28

If you load inputenc with the utf8 encoding option (make sure that your editor is also configured to use Unicode), you can input those characters directly from your keyboard:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}

\begin{document}
Ç et ç
\end{document}

If your keyboard has not a french layout, the way to input it are (on a mac using international keyboard: alt+c , on a linux box compose followed by coma followed by c.

\c c should work without use of \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}.

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Thanks, problem solved. I have some conflicts between packages(I guess.) I further added \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} and it finally works. I don't know why though. I typed ç directly in the text. –  user16739 Jul 27 '12 at 3:15
Adding \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} to your preamble is a good thing, but sadly it will load a bitmap font by default. To fix this, you should install the cm-super package or load a vector font. –  matth Jul 27 '12 at 8:57
You are right. The whole text is changed. I don't know what to do now. –  user16739 Jul 27 '12 at 15:22
@user16739 It's hard to tell without seeing your actual settings. Perhaps you should open a fresh new question showing a minimal and complete version of your document illustrating the problem. Since the issue of the original question was solved, I don't see why you un-accepted the answer. You can always start follow-up questions for new issues. –  Gonzalo Medina Jul 27 '12 at 15:29
It's not solved.\usepackage[french]{babel} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}--those three package couldhelp insert ç, but they also change the other English characters. If I omit one package, error occurs. –  user16739 Jul 27 '12 at 15:33

Simply \c{c}, no space.

I believe you are trying a space between \c and {c}.

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This can't be the problem: space after command sequences is automatically gobbled. \c c, \c {c}, and \c{c} are treated the same (provided '', 'c', '{', '}', and ' ' have the usual catcodes). –  Charles Stewart May 16 '13 at 8:16