I have the following piece of text which I want to output literally: <<"Welcome">>. However it's converted to those funky quotations. I've been trying all sorts of things with \ mostly but to no avail.

\verb=!<<"Welcome">>! kind of works, or gets the job done, but then it loses all other formatting (font face, size, etc.) as well.


A quick solution would be to use inline math mode: $<<$``Welcome''$>>$

edit: if you want to preserve formatting, have you considered \textgreater and \textless ?

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    No I haven't, but I'll google what they are about! – Till Feb 13 '11 at 21:10

I don't think the less-than and greater-than signs are that pretty here. You might try instead:

  • $\langle\langle$``Welcome''$\rangle\rangle$ for angle brackets that are narrower and taller than the mathematical relations.
  • \guillemotleft``Welcome''\guillemotright for french quotation marks. Make sure you also have \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} in the preamble.

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To be honest I don't think any of those look that pretty, but it is what you asked for. :-D

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    And $\ll$, $\gg$ – Leo Liu Feb 13 '11 at 20:12
  • @Leo Liu: good one. I added it to my answer. – Matthew Leingang Feb 13 '11 at 20:23
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    It's a code listing. I have pretty much no control over what it says and I need to display it. Thanks though, I learned a lot! – Till Feb 13 '11 at 21:10

This may be what you want:

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For code listing, you can use listings package:

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  literate={<<}{\guillemotleft}1 {>>}{\guillemotright}1




You can modify the literate as you wish.

  • Looks pretty sweet and I salute you for you fu! Unfortunately, it's a code listing. But I will keep this in mind! – Till Feb 13 '11 at 21:09
  • @Till: You didn't mention that. My previous solution use lisings package especially for code listing. But I thought it's normal text and deleteted it. You may have a look at the edit history of this question (click the time after edited). – Leo Liu Feb 13 '11 at 21:31
  • I recovered the previous solution. – Leo Liu Feb 13 '11 at 21:34
  • Thanks for editing and extending your answer. I'll make sure to provide more details next time. – Till Feb 13 '11 at 22:35

You can simply use brackets around one of your < or > symbol to avoid merging it with the second one. For example <{<}My text{>}>.

  • This implies << necessarily merges. Why is that? – Werner Jun 16 '16 at 20:39

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