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I'm using python to populate a tex template with arbitrary strings - and I would like to escape the strings so they're interpreted and displayed properly inside the tex file (rather than having them mess up my formatting).

Where can I find a python code snippet, which will use the tex rules for escaping an arbitrary string?

To clarify, I want to do this:

[arbitrary string] --->{latex flags}[arbitrary string]{latex flags}

from inside of a python program, such that I can run latex on:

{latex flags}[arbitrary string]{latex flags}

and latex will not complain about strange characters inside [arbitrary strings]

closed as too localized by Thorsten, Stefan Kottwitz May 14 '13 at 5:36

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    According to this StackOverflow post: stackoverflow.com/questions/7495693/…, you can just use the r modifier to a string. So r"\foo" will take care of the escaping. – Matthew Leingang May 14 '13 at 0:38
  • That post talks about going the other way - escaping latex code so it is interpreted as a regular string in python. I'm looking for the reverse - to escape a string, using python code, so that it's interpreted verbatim by latex. – blueberryfields May 14 '13 at 0:44
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    should I post this on stackoverflow instead? – blueberryfields May 14 '13 at 0:47
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    It would be helpful if you could give a few actual ideal-use-cases for your function. (I'd agree that since this is a python question, it has a place on SO, but its specificity toward TeXnicalities gives it a firm leg to stand on here.) – Sean Allred May 14 '13 at 2:28
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    Found it, it is a duplicate: stackoverflow.com/questions/16259923/… – blueberryfields May 14 '13 at 3:36

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