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I need to put some french e's with a double point above into my text. The LaTeX markup I employ is \"{e} and I use that code in my markdown source, but Pandoc converts this to "{e} in the pdf and "\{e\} in a .tex file.

On the other hand, \c{c} for a cédille works fine, so I suppose this has to do with the way pandoc treats "-signs.

Is there a way to make the conversion work or do I have to first convert to TeX, than edit the tex-file by hand and compile it to pdf?

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    Welcome to TeX SX! You don't need any latex code for accented letters for more than 20 years! Just use utf8 input encoding and directly type é, è à, ù, &c. – Bernard Jul 29 '15 at 14:02
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    Thanks for the reply and the hint to utf8. Actually, I do use utf8, but until now I lacked the key combinations to enter the special signs in my editor -- your answer made me research how to do it, so now the problem is solved. I use vim, and just learned about the digraph feature to produce the signs directly - rendering with pandoc (pdflatex) works just fine. – xxm Jul 29 '15 at 15:20

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