Using \caps from the soul package with user-defined language shorthands generates an error. However, it works fine with language shorthands defined by babel itself, e.g. by using \usepackage[ngerman]{babel}.



  • 2
    May I suggest to not use \caps, and use a real small caps font instead? This might even look better.
    – mafp
    Mar 14, 2013 at 14:20
  • @mafp, I use \caps to increase spacing with normal capitals or small caps font.
    – Aydin
    Mar 15, 2013 at 8:38
  • Letter spacing of a small caps font could also be increased with microtype, if this is an option for you.
    – mafp
    Mar 15, 2013 at 8:49

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soul performs a little test to see if the german language has been loaded, so that the shorthand " is taken into account when parsing the string. Just add to the preamble:

  • Thanks. Also loading with \usepackage[ngerman,english]{babel} solves the problem.
    – Aydin
    Mar 15, 2013 at 8:44

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