The shorthand defined for Portuguese (of Portugal and of Brazil) all use the
" character and it's this character to watch for.
Let's see a list for some of the languages supported by Babel.
Languages with no shorthand
- Croatian, English (any variety), Indonesian, Hebrew, Interlingua, Irish, Lower Sorbian, Malaysian, North Sami, Romanian, Scottish, Welsh
Languages with only
" as defined shorthand character
- German (old and new orthography, also Austrian)
- Portuguese (also Brazilian)
- Serbian (with Latin script)
- Upper Sorbian
Languages with other shorthand characters
` can be deactivated at loading time.)
French (all varieties)
(Note: some of them can be activated or deactivated with options at load time.)
In many cases it's quite safe to turn off some or all of the shorthands, if direct UTF-8 input can substitute them.