I'm trying to make a poster based off the example in this site: http://www-i6.informatik.rwth-aachen.de/~dreuw/latexbeamerposter.php and using the this theme http://www-i6.informatik.rwth-aachen.de/~dreuw/download/beamerthemeIcy.sty

When I try changing the title to something with portuguese accents (with [portuguese]{babel}), the output is this

One blank page and some gibberish. Again, I only changed the titled of the exampled posted on that website.

It's my first poster and i'm kinda lost..

forgot to mention: I'm using TeXLive 2010 under Arch Linux


.tex file http://pastebin.com/HeQe02S2 .sty theme file http://pastebin.com/mHNa0Dg4

This combination isn't working so well for me. Also: I need to use the beta symbol throught the text, but i can't make it Sans Serif (helvet).

  • Please add a minimal working example illustrating the problem. Also, add any error messages that you get after compilation of the example code. Apr 10, 2011 at 23:07
  • adding \usepackage{utf8} and \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} fixed the gibberish but I still don't have word breaking support, and thus proper line breaking.
    – mariachi
    Apr 11, 2011 at 0:37
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    @Santiago: change the line input encoding: \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}. That should fix the problem. (Unless you're getting errors from missing images etc. from the original example.)
    – Alan Munn
    Apr 11, 2011 at 0:41
  • yes that fixed it, but hyphenization isn't working and, as a consequence, line breaking is ugly (columns aren't | |)
    – mariachi
    Apr 11, 2011 at 0:44
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    @Santiago: it's hard to guess what the problem might be with no actual code (the code you posted shows no hyphenation problems); as I suggested before, post a minimal working example illustrating your hyphenation issues. Apr 11, 2011 at 2:19

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Besides loading babel with the portuguese option, you should also add the following to your preamble:


which fixes the issue with non-ascii characters being displayed as "gibberish" (original comment by Alan Munn) and


which is necessary for the hyphenation to work (original comment by Mateus Araújo).


When you compile your latex, what appears into the output regarding Babel and hyphenation?

In my case this is what I get:

Babel <v3.8l> and hyphenation patterns for english, dumylang, nohyphenation, catalan, croatian, ukenglish, usenglishmax, galician, spanish, loaded.

I have written documents with beamer and latex in Spanish and English, and a beamerposter in English, and I've had no problem so far related to hyphenation.

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