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I am a rank novice in TeX. I read an earlier TeX question about how to display Chinese characters but it seemed to be in context of an article entirely in Chinese.

My document is an English article in TeX, and I only want to insert three Chinese characters. Can someone tell me how to format it?

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You added xecjk tag, are you using xetex or are you using classic tex or pdftex, the answer will be different depending which engine you are using. – David Carlisle Oct 25 '12 at 14:33
No I did not add xecjk tag. Someone else did. LaTeX, for a math document. – daniel Oct 25 '12 at 14:35
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@LeoLiu: As it is the local custom I will abide by it. – daniel Oct 25 '12 at 15:41
up vote 6 down vote accepted

My suggestion: include an image (in pdf format) that contain the three characters. Then you don't need to matter whether others have the proper fonts to compile the document.

Of course, you should prepare the image first. You can use:

% To produce a pdf image: "name.pdf"
% UTF-8 encoding
% Compile with XeLaTeX



Then you can include the image (name.pdf) in your own article:

% You don't need any Chinese support here


blah blah blah \includegraphics{name.pdf} blah blah


Maybe you don't have a modern TeX distribution that support XeLaTeX or you don't have proper Chinses fonts for it. Then you can use the alternative document for the image:

% To produce a pdf image: "name.pdf"
% UTF-8 encoding
% Compile with PDFLaTeX
% Alternative method, if you don't have any proper Chinese TTF/OTF font installed
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