I have been given a preamble prepared for writing in English, but I am writing in Danish. And at the top of page there is a small header, e.g.,

Chapter 8. My native chapter title

And I would like to change that to

Kapitel 8. My native chapter title

And by commenting out this line in my preamble this header disapears


So, how do I modify this \makeoddhead to show chapter in my language? N.B. I am using Memoir.

  • \usepackage[danish]{babel} in the preamble should do.
    – egreg
    Apr 12, 2013 at 7:53
  • I tried that without success
    – jens
    Apr 12, 2013 at 8:01
  • Without seeing your preamble it's impossible to say more. You should use that line nonetheless, in order to ensure correct hyphenation for Danish. Say also \usepackage[T1]{fontenc}.
    – egreg
    Apr 12, 2013 at 8:07

2 Answers 2


Danish babel does work, so would you please show us what you did in the first place. You should be using \chaptername to refer to the name (actually \@chapapp is better).

Plus there is no need for that test inside \chaptermark, this does the same thing

\createmark{chapter}{left}{shownumber}{\@chapapp\ }{. \ }

(from the default definition of headings in memoir.


I fixed it by modifying the line with the comment "THIS LINE!!" - I didn't show all the code - sorry for that. Was convinced it was the \makeoddhead line that should be modified

      \ifnum \value{secnumdepth} > 1
      \if@mainmatter % 
      \ Kapitel \thechapter. \ % THIS LINE!!

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