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I am trying to compile a CV using moderncv.cls but have problems with the special danish characters æ,ø,å. Normally I add either \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} or \usepackage[applemac]{inputenc} packages to my template but this is not really working.

The moderncv.cls file has the following part:


Normally I would have \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} before fontenc, but the \RequirePackage seem to mess this up. I use Texmaker and MacOS.

Does anyone know how I can add the package?


\documentclass[11pt,a4paper,sans]{moderncv} % Font sizes: 10, 11, or 12; paper sizes: a4paper, letterpaper, a5paper, legalpaper, executivepaper or landscape; font families: sans or roman

\moderncvstyle{casual} % CV theme - options include: 'casual' (default), 'classic', 'oldstyle' and 'banking'
\moderncvcolor{blue} % CV color - options include: 'blue' (default), 'orange', 'green', 'red', 'purple', 'grey' and 'black'

\usepackage[scale=0.75]{geometry} % Reduce document margins
%\setlength{\hintscolumnwidth}{3cm} % Uncomment to change the width of the dates column
%\setlength{\makecvtitlenamewidth}{10cm} % For the 'classic' style, uncomment to adjust the width of the space allocated to your name


\firstname{Lonnie} % Your first name
\familyname{Andersen} % Your last name

% All information in this block is optional, comment out any lines you don't need
\title{Curriculum Vitae}
\address{Gladsaxevej 78, st tv, 2860 Søborg}
\mobile{+45 31444177}
\extrainfo{additional information}
%\photo[70pt][0.4pt]{pictures/Lonnie} % The first bracket is the picture height, the second is the thickness of the frame around the picture (0pt for no frame)
%\quote{"A witty and playful quotation" - John Smith}



\makecvtitle % Print the CV title



\cventry{2009--2013}{Ph.D student}{DTU Wind Energy}{}{Currently finishing thesis}{}
\cventry{2003--2009}{Cand. Scient in Biomedical engineering}{DTU}{}{\textit{GPA -- 8.4}}{}

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closed as too localized by Frank Mittelbach, lockstep, Thorsten, diabonas, egreg Jan 12 '13 at 20:34

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Welcome to TeX.sx! It should make no real differerence if fontenc is loaded before or after inputenc. Can you add a minimal working example (MWE)? – egreg Jan 12 '13 at 14:14
Hi I have added MWE that runs as soon as I comment out the adress line. I have tried using \o and {\o} which sometmes does the trick but nothing works. The fontenc line is something I have added but it makes no difference. – Lonnie Jan 12 '13 at 14:53
The inputenc line should reflect the actual encoding of the file, which depends on the setting of the editor. Just ensure it's UTF-8 and add \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}. – egreg Jan 12 '13 at 14:59
Your question led me to a solution for a problem I had where the text inserted by a command in a class wasn't turning out correctly but the text in the document was. I solved it by adding \RequirePackage[T1]{fontenc} and \RequirePackage[utf8]{inputec} to the class. Thanks! And a comment to the moderators who thought this question was too localized. The example mentions Danish characters, but it could as well have been any non-ASCII characters! This means the question relates to almost every language that isn't English. I'm not really sure how to be less localized than that! – Magnus Mar 12 at 12:30
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This has nothing to do with the encoding of the file. (Although your example should have \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} in it.)

The \address macro in moderncv requires 2 arguments, and you are only providing one. It then tries to read the \mobile macro as the second argument and the error arises.

So you need:

\address{Gladsaxevej 78, st tv}{2860 Søborg}

(Or something similar) as your address line.

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Thank you so much, I actually just found this out before seeing your answer, had deleted two brackets by mistake. Thank you so much for the quick help, great great forum!!! – Lonnie Jan 12 '13 at 15:19

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