I have a document with Cyrillic, English and German. All worked well so far. But now I need a special Character in the bibliography.bib file. Its an \.{E}

If I just put that in there it gives me the following error:

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

Here's a sample code that reproduces that behavior:




title={Wie Gogol's \enquote{Mantel} gemacht ist},







If I put a regular E in that .bib file, I get the following (and correct encoding as I want it outside the bibliography):

without special character in .bib

If I put that \.{E} in the .bib file and I comment out the line: % \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} Then I get the following:

with special char in .bib file

So the funny thing is, I can get the bibliography interact with my document file at the cost of losing encoding of regular text in there ...

As always, I appreciate any kind of help! Thanks!

  • 2
    \usepackage{newunicodechar} and \newunicodechar{Ė}{\.{E}} should do.
    – egreg
    Apr 25, 2014 at 15:17
  • Ha! :insane laughter: So fast! So working! Thanks an awful lot!
    – fourreux
    Apr 25, 2014 at 15:24
  • With XeLaTeX and fontspec (and a font that contains all the glyphs such as Minion Pro) I have no problem to compile.
    – Bernard
    Apr 25, 2014 at 15:43
  • @ Bernard: I'll try that some day I have more time to look into it. Thanx.
    – fourreux
    Apr 25, 2014 at 19:41

1 Answer 1


I wrote the newunicodechar just for solving similar problems, due to the fact that the Unicode support of inputenc is limited (but extendable).

You can do in two ways:

  1. Look up in the Unicode table to find that Ė is U+0116 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER E WITH DOT ABOVE and add to your preamble

  2. Copy the offending character from the terminal output or log file and paste it in the first argument of \newunicodechar:


Both ways should solve your problem.

  • Is there a difference between the two of them?
    – fourreux
    Apr 25, 2014 at 15:37
  • @fourreux No, I just find the second way more readable.
    – egreg
    Apr 25, 2014 at 15:43

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