When trying to compile the following example document:



& Förklara, diskutera och analysera trådlösa protokoll och nätvärkstyper.
& Förklara, diskutera och analysera prestandaproblem så som:


I get the following output:

pdflatex BG-1.tex
This is pdfTeX, Version 3.1415926-1.40.10 (TeX Live 2009/Debian)

entering extended mode
LaTeX2e <2009/09/24>
Babel <v3.8l> and hyphenation patterns for english, usenglishmax, dumylang, noh
yphenation, farsi, arabic, croatian, bulgarian, ukrainian, russian, czech, slov
ak, danish, dutch, finnish, french, basque, ngerman, german, german-x-2009-06-1
9, ngerman-x-2009-06-19, ibycus, monogreek, greek, ancientgreek, hungarian, san
skrit, italian, latin, latvian, lithuanian, mongolian2a, mongolian, bokmal, nyn
orsk, romanian, irish, coptic, serbian, turkish, welsh, esperanto, uppersorbian
, estonian, indonesian, interlingua, icelandic, kurmanji, slovenian, polish, po
rtuguese, spanish, galician, catalan, swedish, ukenglish, pinyin, loaded.
Document Class: article 2007/10/19 v1.4h Standard LaTeX document class
(/usr/share/texmf-texlive/tex/latex/easylist/easylist.sty) (./BG-1.aux)
! Missing number, treated as zero.
<to be read again> 
l.11 & Förklara, diskutera och analysera trå
                                              dlösa protokoll och nätvärk...

Seems like it tries to interpret 'å' as a number. Is there a way to solve this?

  • 2
    easylist redefines \r to mean \roman (\def\r{\roman}). That's a very bad idea. (It also redefines \l which is also a LICR command). Report the bug to the author. Commented Sep 7, 2013 at 12:52
  • @DavidCarlisle: This fix won't work as the redefinition is done in \el@PrintCounters which is called at the ampersand. So \let\r\oldr is needed after each &. Commented Sep 9, 2013 at 8:48
  • @UlrikeFischer odd: I claim to have tested that yesterday (which is how I noticed [swedish] doesn't work) but you are correct the \r fix doesn't work either. I'll delete the comment, thanks Commented Sep 9, 2013 at 9:41

1 Answer 1


The solution was provided by the author of the plugin Paul Isambert. As he writes:

Ulrike is right: redefing \r and others was pretty stupid (I was still a TeX novice when I wrote easylist). Attached is a corrected version of easylist.sty (untested, I have no LaTeX here at work), just drop it where it should go. I don't know if that's where your bug comes from, but that is a bug anyway. I'm not sure I'll be upgrading the package soon (it's more or less unmaintained), so do not lose that version :)

He provided an updated version of the extension which I uploaded to a pastebin. Replacing my system version of the file, which was located in /usr/share/texmf-texlive/tex/latex/easylist/easylist.sty on Debian/Ubuntu, with this updated version solves the problem.

  • Paul emailed me today to say that he had updated the package on CTAN meaning that distribution packages made after 2014-01-11 should contain the fix.
    – Rovanion
    Commented Jan 11, 2014 at 12:40

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