When using accented characters (e.g. ë) I get the following error:

Package inputenc Error: Unicode char \u8:ële not set up for use with LaTeX.

A minimal working example is given below.

To the best of my knowledge my .tex file is UTF-8 encoded (I'm using TextMate on OS X and the file command also says it's an UTF-8 file).

If I comment out the \moderncvstyle{casual} command, a PDF is generated without errors, but a blank space is printed instead of the ë character.

Any suggestions on how to solve this?

% minimal working example




\title{Curriculum Vitae}
\address{Somestreet 1}{1000 AA Somecity}
\quote{Januari 2014}


\cventry{1999}{Presentatie vaardigheden, Commerciële vaardigheden, Onderhandelen, Conflicthantering}{Kenneth Smit Communicatie Trainingen}{}{}{}


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    I get no errors. Are you sure that your file is UTF-8 encoded? – karlkoeller Feb 9 '14 at 15:05
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    I get the error precisely if I encode the file in Latin-1. Save it as UTF-8, or use the latin1 option for inputenc – egreg Feb 9 '14 at 17:01
  • Strange. Just to be sure I did a 'Save as..' with encoding set to UTF-8 in TextMate 2.0, still get the errors. I'll check if this is a known issue in TextMate. – Richard Kranendonk Feb 10 '14 at 10:00
  • Are you able to report any news? – Johannes_B Jun 14 '15 at 19:58

Not really. I found out I need different encoding for my iMac and MacBook to prevent the errors. Probably some different makeup of the environments. I decided to be pragmatic and uncomment one of these LaTeX commands depending on the machine I'm working on:

\usepackage[latin1]{inputenc}           % works on iMac
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}             % works on MacBook Air

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