# language problem

I created this command:

\newcommand{\NewPart}[1]{\section*{\uppercase{#1}}}


and run it like this:

\NewPart{Personal details}{}


My problem is that instead of 'Personal details' I want to give a name in greek. I used babel and ran \selectlanguage{greek} but it is not enough. The letters remain in English. Can you give me any idea to handle my problem?

I am new here so excuse my several mistakes. This is my MWE:

\documentclass[paper=a4,fontsize=11pt]{scrartcl}                % KOMA-article class
\usepackage[iso-8859-7]{inputenc}
\usepackage{kerkis}
\usepackage{a4}
\usepackage{amssymb}
\usepackage{amsmath}
\usepackage[vcentering,dvips]{geometry}
\usepackage{calc}
\input{epsf.tex}
\usepackage[greek,english]{babel}
\usepackage{amsmath,amsfonts,amsthm}
\usepackage[svgnames]{xcolor}
\usepackage{geometry}
\textheight=700px
\usepackage{url}
\usepackage{wrapfig}
\frenchspacing
\pagestyle{empty}

\usepackage{sectsty}
\sectionfont{%
\usefont{OT1}{phv}{b}{n}%
\sectionrule{0pt}{0pt}{-5pt}{3pt}
\newlength{\spacebox}
\settowidth{\spacebox}{888888888}
\newcommand{\sepspace}{\vspace*{1em}}
\newcommand{\NewPart}[1]{\section*{\uppercase{#1}}}
\begin{document}
\selectlanguage{greek}
\NewPart{Personal details}{}
\end{document}


When I run the tex-file "Personal details" are written in English instead of Greek despite the fact that I have already changed the language.

• Welcome to TeX.SX! Please add a minimal working example (MWE) that illustrates your problem. It will be much easier for us to reproduce your situation and find out what the issue is when we see compilable code, starting with \documentclass{...} and ending with \end{document}. – Henri Menke May 19 '13 at 19:01

Removing the irrelevant packages, here's a working solution:

\documentclass[paper=a4,fontsize=11pt]{scrartcl}                % KOMA-article class
\usepackage[english,greek]{babel}
\usepackage[iso-8859-7]{inputenc}
\usepackage{kerkis}
\frenchspacing

\newcommand{\NewPart}[1]{\section*{\MakeUppercase{#1}}}

\begin{document}
\NewPart{Personal details}
\end{document}


Of course,

means nothing in Greek. But I can write nothing significant in your language. ;-)

The problem is that you set a font that has no Greek character in it: the encoding OT1 has only Latin characters.

You shouldn't use sectsty along with scrartcl, because this class has its own methods for changing fonts of sectional units.

1. The main language should be specified last, so

\usepackage[english,greek]{babel}


will avoid the need to say \selectlanguage{greek} at the start. Remove the english option if you don't need that language.

2. The a4 package is obsolete. Moreover you're already loading geometry.

3. Don't pass the dvips option to geometry.

4. Saying \input{epsf.tex} has been deprecated for several years; if you have to include graphic objects say

\usepackage{graphicx}


and use its facilities.

5. If you want to set up the vertical size, pass it as an option to geometry; for instance

\usepackage[vcentering,textheight=700pt,heightrounded]{geometry}


but probably a length in centimeters would be more comprehensible. Don't use the px unit.

• Thank you very much. You gave me the solution i wanted. Thank you again. Can you tell me what encoding should I use instead of OT1 to get the Greek characters? – user2399518 May 19 '13 at 21:17
• @user2399518 The encoding is LGR; but there are not many fonts available with that encoding. Surely Helvetica (phv) isn't. – egreg May 19 '13 at 21:25