In org mode (Emacs-24.4.1) I am trying to include a forward slash in a sentence that is italic but it is used as the italic boundary e.g.

/Using double Flk1^{-/-} mutants/

where I want the whole sentence italicised and the forward slash to be included in the superscript. I realise I can put a space between the first "-" and the "/" but this looks ugly. Also I could put it into a latex block but I was looking for something where it is italicised in the buffer as well. Is there some way of escaping it?

  • You might try playing with org-emphasis-regexp-components, but simplest is to write - / - which is not that ugly. – Andrew Swann Jan 14 '15 at 13:15
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    You should've asked this on Emacs.SE (or optionally on org-mode's more active mailing list). – Sean Allred Oct 3 '15 at 17:37

You might try this:

/Using double Flk1\slash{} mutants/

The {} are not actually needed in this case, but if after \slash{} wouldn't be a whitespace.

Although I must say, that this method in other cases is all but handy – f.e. when writing paths. Unfortunately org-mode has no consistent escaping concept until now.

(Also yet I didn't found the same for backslash – \backslash{} does not work for unknown reasons.)


If you don't want to write - \ -, you can use verbatim environnement:

/Using double Flk1 =-/=- mutants/.

if you use =-/-=, mutants will not be emphased in the buffer but =-/=- do the trick.

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