Questions with this tag are about the uses, and also problems with using, the `soul` package for letterspacing, underlining, overstriking and highlighting, perhaps also using colour.

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Why does underlined text not get wrapped once it hits the end of a line ?

Sometimes I want to underline some text, and it extends past the end of a line. Why does \underline{} not automatically wrap my text for me ? Also, how can I underline text so that it will still ...
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Underline just words, not the space between them

I need to typeset a sentence such that just the words are underlined, and not the space between the words. Using the \underline will include the spaces between the words. I could do it with something ...
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Highlight text in code listing while also keeping syntax highlighting

I’m using the listings package for code listings. Now I try to highlight some part of the code using \hl from the soul package. Here’s an example of a resulting query where the injected part of a SQL ...
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French accents in \hl from soul package

I'd like to use the \hl command from the soul package in a French text. However, it does not work whenever the part to highlight contains French accents (e.g.: \hl{é}). I could use \'e instead of é (...
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How to make \hl (highlighting) to automatically place incompatible commands in \mbox?

The soul package provides a useful command \hl for highlighting text. However, \cite, \ref, and some other commands (maybe equations too) must be placed within an \mbox in order for \hl to work ...
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Strikeout - when which package ? ( ulem vs soul vs …)

When to use which package for strikeout? I see answers : \usepackage{ulem} \sout{Hello World} or \usepackage{soul} \st{Hello world} or \usepackage{cancel} \cancel{Hello world} In what ...
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List of Underlining Packages - Pros and Cons

The \underline macro built into LaTeX is pretty much not useable per Why does underlined text not get wrapped once it hits the end of a line ? I have been attempting to use the soul package to ...
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Soul's underline misses text produced by a macro

The macro ul provided by soul works great, allowing linebreaks within an underlined text block. It even supports macros - if they were registered with soulregister. But if these registered macros ...
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soul: broken highlighting with xcolor when using \selectcolormodel

I try to highlight text using the soul package. But I experience problems if I use it in combinations with the xcolor command selectcolormodel, only spaces are highlighted as shown in the MWE: \...
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Triple underlining

I am quoting passages from ms. letters and need to underline a few words with three lines. Does a command exist for doing so? I've consulted Melchior Franz's soul package documentation from 2003 and ...
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Why is it that coloring in soul in beamer is not visible

\documentclass{beamer} \usepackage{soul,color} \begin{document} \begin{frame} \hl{Hello World} \end{frame} \end{document} I process this with pdflatex and I do not see the expected highlight. ...
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Problems with \ref when using soul for highlighting

Here is a minimal example showing the problem. \documentclass[10pt]{article} \usepackage[usenames,dvipsnames]{color} \usepackage{soul} %\soulregister{\ref}{1} \begin{document} \section*{x}\label{x} ...
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Follow-up: Underline + strike-through using soul

This is a follow-up question to Mixing underline and strike-out. This time, I'm specifically interested in an implementation using soul (that doesn't require multiple compilations to stabilize). I ...
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Extending underline up to the right side

I need to create command that underlines some given text that takes several lines. And the underline of the last line should be extended up to the right side of page. When I need just to underline ...
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Using soul with indirect formatting applied

I am using the soul package to underline omitting the descenders. It seems that passing the following as a parameter works fine \textit{special text} but if the \textit is applied indirectly via ...
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How to make highlighting work in beamer with overlays

I'm trying to use the soul package to get highlighting via \hl{some text}. I'd like to do this in overlays in beamer. I'm trying to follow the guidelines in section 9.6.1 of the beamer manual to ...
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Environment to underline/strikeout for comparing versions

I have a TeX file that I'm editing with several collaborators and we use environments to highlight and discuss proposed changes like the following: Some text. \begin{old} Text that I propose to ...
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soul dropping some accented letters from the end of words

I'm using soul to letterspace headings in a Hungarian document and compiling it with lualatex. For some reason soul drops some of the accented letters at the end of a word, but not all. In the ...
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Mixing underline and strike-out

Word allows for all kinds of font formatting: The above example combines strike-through/strike-out (like this) and underlining. I'd like to be able to do the same, but neither ulem nor soul allows ...
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Is there any solution for highlighting text in CJK?

Is there any solution for highlighting texts or sentences in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean? I know none, at the moment. But this will be changed, if someone would like to help me with CJK in LaTeX. ...
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Soul vs Microtype in regards to Tracking

When using small/all caps, I was told to adjust the tracking alongside. I have found \SetTracking from microtype and \so from soul. Is there an advantage to using one or the other and if yes why? Do ...
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math equation with underline has different heights

I struggle with some equations in my research paper. I want to underline some variable, because they are complex, but if I use \underline the line is not at the same level in my example: \...
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How could I use \input within soul arguments?

So, I basically want to do something like this: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{soul} \begin{document} \so{Hello} \so{\input{key.tex}} \end{document} Now the first "so" works but the second ...
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soulutf8 strips characters from compound words

I use soulutf8 for underlining in my LaTeX document. However, it seems to be stripping characters from the end of compound words, e.g.: \ul{$n$-rozměrný} results in n-rozměrn However, if I ...
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Using a \phantom{} in \ul from the soul package

In responding to how to typeset a Long underscore in LaTeX, I attempted to use a \phantom with \ul, but end up Argument of \makeph@nt has an extra }. So, what is the proper way to use a \phantom ...
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How to highlight paragraph (linebreak preserving) as well as itemize, tabular etc.?

I want to highlight changes which are introduced by myself in the pdf document. So far the soul package is very neat but it does throw errors when I want to highlight not only paragraphs but also some ...
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How to use inter letter space for justified alignment?

I have a long sanskrit compound taking up almost a line, but leaving a small space at the right margin empty, too small for the first syllable of the next word, thus breaking the justified alignment. ...
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bug with page numbers when using soul package

I recently ran into a curious bug when using the soul package. I managed to boil it down to the following example. The problem is that the page numbers get messed up. In the example below, they should ...
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labeling underlined text over multiple lines

I have a large number of documents I need to create, and there is one very particular need I cannot find a solution for. In these documents, there are pieces of text that are underlined and they ...
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Problem with a counter inside a \ul command

The following MWE gives a compilation error. If i move the \arabic{count} outside from the \ul command, it works \documentclass{article} \usepackage{soul} \begin{document} \newcounter{count}% \setul{...
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Custom command inside soul package's \hl

I'm having trouble with the soul package and its \hl command. The soul package's manual says I should not nest soul commands, which I didn't. \textsc works inside \hl. However, the following throws an ...
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Defining font color inside highlight fails

Since I wanted a better readability of highlights of a would be black & white-printed document, I needed to change both the highlighting color (gray) AND the font color (white). Depending which ...
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How to only import certain commands?

The soul package defines a ton of short macros, some of which I use regularly for my own writing. I only need \hl and \sethlcolor. Is there a way to load the package and only get those two commands?
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ragged2e breaks soul package \textbf{} spacing

If you compile the XeLaTeX below you will see the output is not-as-expected for the bold part of the text i.e. it is: underline underline boldboldbold In other words the spacing of the bold elements ...
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Changing fontsize within soul underline

This question is related to How to create a newcommand for fontsize?. I would like to change the fontsize within \ul of the soul package. For example: \newcommand{\mycfs}[1]{\fontsize{#1pt}{1.2#1pt}\...
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How to reliably switch the highlighting color with soul?

In my document I need to use different colors for highlighting text. The soul package provides yellow coloring by default. The color can be switched with the \sethlcolor command. However, this does ...
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Embedding \soulomit in a macro

In the MWE below, the code: \MyUl{abd \soulomit{\MyLink{www.google.com}{The Google}} ghi} works exactly as desired: However, when I attempt to wrap this in a macro, and use \MyUl{abd \...
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Switching a string in a token register to lowercase and processing via the package soul

I would like to store a string in a token register, transform it to all-lowercase, and process the resulting string via the macro \caps provided by the package soul. That is to say, transform the ...
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soul's \ul{} breaks wrapfigure and textflow?

Please, I have a nice picture without that \ul{...}, but i need that. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{wrapfig} \usepackage{soul} \begin{document} \begin{wrapfigure}[3]{l}{30mm} \Huge 1 \end{...
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Error “Reconstruction failed” with soul package

I've got a problem with the soul package while adding a letter-spacing to a result of a command that is defined just like this: \newcommand{\myCommand}{some text} In the document I'd like to have ...
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Underline text with background (soul and ulem nesting)

I'm using soul's \hl to set background for the paragraph parts and ulem's \uline to underline text. The problem is what I cant underline text for text with background. Initial doc: \documentclass{...
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make soul highlight span lines

The \hl command from the soul package highlights spans of text with a backround color when color is loaded. When used on longer spans of text, some inter-line spacing remains uncolored, which is ...
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“! Argument of \xpg@nospace has an extra }” error message with polyglossia

I use a code – to be found at the end – for long citations in the french tradition. When I use french quotation marks inside such a long citation, I have no problem on compiling with xetex if I load ...
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Streamline use of Highlight in text and equations

I have been highlighting certain parts of text in order to make it easier for me to search through a long document to find parts that need expanded on or some sort of work is left to do; however, I've ...
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Using soul with indirect formatting applied (using macro with 2 parameters, one possibly optional)

This is a followup to Using soul with indirect formatting applied, where it was determined that using \soulregister allows the soul macros to have font switching macros within the parameters (...
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Hyphenatable material enclosed in group braces

I have text that I need to repeat quite a few times: \newcommand{\repeatme}{text to repeat that is somewhat long and verbose} I'd like to underline this text and have it not cause hbox overflow ...
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Letterspacing memoir section headers

I'd like to add letterspacing to the \section commands with \setsecheadstyle in a memoir book. I tried using soul: \sodef\soSection{}{.1em}{.5em plus.1em}{.1em plus.1em minus.1em} \setsecheadstyle{\...
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Soul package and input encoding

I have the following code: \documentclass{article} \usepackage[english,greek]{babel} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} \usepackage{kerkis} \usepackage{color,soul} \setul{0.1cm}{0.2ex} \setulcolor{red} ...
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Why highlighting math with soul doesn't combine with l2tabu option for the nag package?

I have found that highlighting mathematical formulas with soul package does not work if the nag package is used with l2tabu option. A minimal (not) working example is: \documentclass{book} \...
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Kerning issue in soul \hl with \emph

The text is little squashed when using \hl with \emph, but only with particular words which makes me think this is a kerning issue? \documentclass{article} \usepackage{color} \usepackage{soul} \...