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Is Esperanto supported by LaTeX? And, if so, are there any required packages?

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If I run latex (TeX Live 2012 default installation) it reports that it includes Esperanto hyphenation patterns in its default format. babel has an esperanto option so


should make fixed texts like "Chapter" come out as "{\^C}apitro"

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I'm not sure I like babel making ^ an active character (such that you can use it as a shorthand for the letters ĉ, ĝ, ĥ, ĵ, ŝ and ŭ) though. For example that should mean you can't use it together with breqn (not that I have tried though) – kahen Aug 15 '12 at 20:12
@kahen -- with \^C, ^ isn't an active character; it's just an ordinary text circumflex accent. shouldn't affect breqn or any other math package at all. – barbara beeton Aug 15 '12 at 20:36
@barbarabeeton you misunderstand. \usepackage[esperanto]{babel} makes it such that you can type ^c to get a ĉ - which obviously requires ^ to be active. – kahen Aug 15 '12 at 21:07
@kahen babel has mechanisms for turning shorthands on and off so if there is a clash (and it isn't clear there should be) you could turn that feature off globally or locally for math environments. – David Carlisle Aug 15 '12 at 21:12
@kahen You can disable the shorthand (\shorthandoff{^}) and use Unicode characters for input. – egreg Aug 15 '12 at 21:27

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