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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

\usepackage[esperanto]{babel}

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
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@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
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@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
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@kahen You can disable the shorthand (\shorthandoff{^}) and use Unicode characters for input. –  egreg Aug 15 '12 at 21:27
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