{characters} is about the regular alphabetic characters that are part of some script in a language. For accented characters, add {accents}. For non-alphabetic characters, use {symbols} instead.

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A custom “letter” in text mode

I am trying to typeset a letter x (in both lower- and uppercase) that has a small circle overlaid exactly onto the (perceived) middle of the character. My current best effort is x\llap{$\circ$}, but ...
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Multi-substring replace

I'm attempting to automate Werner's answer to my question here. In short, in order to sort the Norwegian letters Æ Ø Å (they come at the end of the regular Latin alphabet) correctly dtlsort needs ...
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How to reduce the space between two slashes when using \url?

This is a follow-up question to Space between two slashes. Bianca Lobo's answer (defining a \twobar command with proper kerning) is nice; however, it doesn't work in the argument of the \url command ...
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Is there an `ex` unit equivalent for the capital 'X' in LaTeX

In LaTeX, the ex unit represents the height of a lowercase 'x' in the current font. Is there a length in LaTeX that represents the height of a capital 'X'?
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Creating new characters from existing ones

In a nutshell. Is there a relatively easy way of building characters out of parts of existing ones? Rationale. (La)TeX linguists’ need for a wide palette of characters—for example, ⟨ɳ⟩ (U+0273), ⟨ɲ⟩ ...
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Set size of \colorbox for a single character

my question is simple (or not) I want to set the size of the \colorbox command or \fcolorbox command for a single character. The problem is the next: As seen in the image, the height and width are ...
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LaTeX font for 'old-fashioned' script characters

Browsing through a copy of Counterexamples in Analysis (Gelbaum & Olmsted), I'm quite enjoying the typeface used for 'script' letters (see links to examples below); visually it's somewhere ...
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Using non-ASCII characters in packages

What is the best way to use non-ASCII (say, Cyrillic) characters in a .sty file? If it's used in a LaTeX file that uses \inputenc[utf8]{inputenc}, than one can just use utf8 encoding in the .sty file ...
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Bar-less “f” and finetuning existing characters

Specific question I would like to produce an italic f without the crossbar. Can I do this relatively straightforwardly? This letter, esh (ʃ), is Unicode U+01A9, U+0283. The esh of tipa.sty only ...
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XeTeX: “ß” compiles as “SS”, German umlauts work

I have a problem with XeLaTeX. Although German umlauts (äöü) work, "ß" compiles to "SS". I use TeX Live 2011 on Debian x64. See this minimal example: \documentclass{minimal} ...
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Glyph substitution: alternate capital Q in URW-Garamond? (LaTeX, Mac OS X)

I am using URW Garamond in LaTeX running on Mac OS X. The capital Q has a very long swash (extending beyond the next two glyphs!), which makes it unusable for me (I have too many capital Q's in my ...
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Is there a ditto symbol?

I believe that a symbol -||- is commonly used to indicate repetition of a fragment of text. The problem is that typesetting it using dashes and pipes looks kind of ugly. Is there a predefined symbol ...
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Retrieve length of a character

I'm creating a custom command which basically prints an horizontal line, a character and another horizontal line. The code would be ...
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Expandably change letter case and use inside \csname, without a package

I want to change the letter-case of a single character argument, and use that changed letter inside a \csname. And I want to do it without an additional package. For example, I want to pass a macro ...
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Multiple diacritics on one character

As linguistics student, I have to put more than one thing on a character every now and then. For example, I need to type ā̆. I thought I could simply do that by typing \={\u{a}}, but then the macron ...
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What symbol can be used in front of a URL ?

When you typeset an email address, you can put a "@" or a letter symbol in front of it. In the same fashion, what symbol can be used in front of a URL?
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What characters in a normal text document will screw up LaTeX?

I'm thinking of making a simple script to turn Project Gutenburg texts into LaTeX documents, so that they are nicely typeset and ready for reading. However to do that I'll need a fairly good list of ...
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Problem with special characters in listings

I'm having problems with my TeX document. I'm trying to import my java file in listings to get syntax colouring and stuff. My java files contains comments in Danish, which means they contain special ...
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“Remapping” a single glyph

I am using the excellent Heuristica typeface, but I don't like the way the old style "1" looks. It looks more like an "I" in small caps than an actual number, unlike the Adobe original. Like so: Is ...
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How to enter a Latin Capital Letter D With Hook (Ɗ)?

How can I insert a Latin Capital Letter D With Hook into a LaTeX formula? Ɗ
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Xelatex: Accent and macrons on capital letters. Multiple accents on a single letter?

I have trouble getting capital letters with a combination of accent and macron in XeLaTeX. I used this: \'{\=A}, but I didn't get the accent where I expected it to be. Also, i was wondering if it is ...
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German character not rendered to pdf

I just started using LaTeX, and need to use the character "ü". I already have this in main file : %%% Sprach- und zeichensatzspezifische Pakete \usepackage[latin9]{inputenc} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} ...
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How to detect words starting with # in listings package?

I am writing some code with the listings package and I need to detect the words starting with the number sign (#) and apply certain style. For example, if I have this code: something #foo ...
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Include binary data

How do I include binary data (e.g. the contents of a binary file) in a LaTeX generated PDF-document? If I just copy and paste them into a verbatim environment it results in garbage.
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changing font of one (or a small number of) text character only [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Font substitution with XeLaTeX I am using a text font that unfortunately does not have accents for the letter e, which I need. But I have found a very similar font, and ...
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How can I overscore a character?

I am using Anki to create flash cards for Boolean identities. I prefer to use an overscore as opposed to a prime for negated variables. Can this be accomplished with LaTeX? EDIT: The header and ...
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Random character varients being used with fontspec

I'm trying to get the hang of xelatex and fontspec and I'm a little confused about how character variants are selected. I'm using the font Bickham Script Pro. Confusion (1) Some words are ...
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Escaped characters in typewriter font

I know a number of ways to fix this (e.g. \usepackage[T1]{fontenc}), but I want to understand what's happening in the following example. \documentclass{article} \begin{document} \noindent \$ \% ...
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How to prevent combining a character?

"EB Garamond" font combines ʿ character and the preceding letter. Consider following document: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{fontspec} \setmainfont{EB Garamond} \begin{document} aʿ bʿ cʿ dʿ ...
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Non-English identifiers in \label / \ref (“Missing \endcsname inserted”)

I found that LaTeX chokes on certain non-ASCII identifiers in \ref. This works fine: \documentclass{scrartcl} \usepackage[ngerman]{babel} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} ...
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Writing Biblical Hebrew texts with different coloring for consonants, vowel and accent signs

I have got the following problem: I am using Biblical Hebrew texts written in XeTeX but I would like to color consonants as well as vowel and accent signs differently. I have read Coloring combining ...
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How to include a # sign in a url using the \endnotes package

I am trying to include a URL in my Latex document which contains a pound sign, #, in it. If I run it without escaping the # sign, I get an error. If I escape it, then the escape character is ...
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Using a backslash and the following by it non-ASCII char

I'm writing a text with a special char of backslash (\), the text requires to containt the char and the following non-ASCII symbol (cyrillic), so for example I type: text \ц other text and I have ...
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Expansion of \char in \def

In answering another question, I ran into some issues trying to use a combination of \def and \char. Consider the following example: \documentclass{minimal} \usepackage{etoolbox} ...
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How to use active character properly?

Suppose I use ' as active character to insert another symbol: {\tt A'C B} \def\adef#1{\catcode`#1=13 \begingroup \lccode`\~=`#1\lowercase{\endgroup\def~}} ...
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Character table on style files

What is the reason to insert the code below at the beginning of a style file? For example, the code below can be found on lipsum.sty. %% \CharacterTable %% {Upper-case ...
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Copy Czech characters from PDF with charter font

I wanna be able to copy czech characters from PDF, but for some reason it doesn´t work. here is my code: \usepackage{cmap} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} \usepackage{charter} ...
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How to write properly math accent for letter i?

When it is requested to write letter "í" in math mode, it happens that $\acute{i}$ is not the right answer as it could be expected: the accent (´) is written over the letter (i), without ...
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Output ASCII code as character on terminal in Latex?

If I have a letter/character, I can output its ASCII value using \number and backtick command: *\typeout{\number`a} 97 What do I do if I have "97", and I want to show "a" in terminal? I have ...
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WriteLatex utf-8 ģ symbol problem

I need to use ģ symbol in my presentation. This symbol has 0123 utf-8 code. But when I am typing it in writeLatex it compiles with error: Package ucs Error: Unknown Unicode character 291 = U+0123, ...
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Count chars with xstring

I have the following code, which was provided by the xstring author Christian Tellechea, thank you very much. The idea is to count the number of character inside a structure that do belong to a ...
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Placing text at random positions on the screen in beamer

I am creating a presentation and for the Q&A session slide, I want to show question marks (?) in various colors and sizes in random locations on the screen. Is this possible in beamer?
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babel \L command reverses letters, inserts Ł symbol

It's time for Eyal's babel+Hebrew (or right-to-left) incompatibility of the week; and this time, it's hyperref again. If you have: \documentclass{article} \usepackage[hebrew,english]{babel} ...
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Symbols to avoid while creating new commands

I experienced some problems when creating \newcommand that have some numbers in their names; I can't find docs about that, about the accepted charset for the commands in LaTeX.
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Checking in LaTeX for a specific character?

I have a LaTeX problem that I cannot solve by myself. I have a repeating arrangement of characters which I want to format automatically in LaTeX. 1H-NMR (400 MHz; DMSO-d6): \textdelta 12.41 (s, ...
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How does one make two characters active?

In russian babel, it's possible to write << to get a russian opening quote character. However, some fonts that have such character (like the one provided by anttor package) don't use that and ...
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How to handle special characters in LaTeX?

I am working on one file which has some special chacters. König IR : KA}unig ,K ~ A}unig % : Comment in latex (so no text after this %) - : escape I get different output ...
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XeLaTeX: WordInitial, Inner and WordFinal seem to match everywhere

I am creating a blackletter font and would like to use it with XeLaTeX. I try to use initial/medial/final substitution for letters, like s/ſ, but the context seems to match even when it should not. ...
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Package inputenc Error: Unicode char ẁ (U+1E81)

I'm trying to use the 'ẁ' character in my text, however it doesn't show on the right hand side of latex and throws the following error: Package inputenc Error: Unicode char ẁ (U+1E81) I tried adding ...
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ring over a with macron?

I am trying to put a ring over an a with a macron, but i cannot position the ring properly. it shows up too far to the left and not in the center. this is the best that i have been able to do: ...