I am having what I think is a LaTeX problem but might just be a font issue. I'm using the font Quant Antiqua, which has both Cyrillic and Latin alphabets and I'm trying to write the name "Élie Cartan." But using


Élie Cartan \\
\'{E}lie Cartan

both output a Cyrillic letter instead of the desired Latin letter with accent. Is there a simple way around this? Thank you!

  • Welcome to TeX.SX! A minimal example of code is needed. How do you use the font? With XeLaTeX?
    – egreg
    Feb 15, 2017 at 0:23
  • Indeed, with XeLaTeX. Would it help for me to include the preamble?
    – Diffycue
    Feb 15, 2017 at 0:25
  • Definitely so. As small as it is necessary to reproduce the issue.
    – egreg
    Feb 15, 2017 at 0:27
  • you should not use inputenc (but that is not the problem, it just gives a warning and does nothing withe xetex) it sounds like the font that you have is not a Unicode encoded font but has the cyrillic in the slots between 128 and 256 matching a legacy 8bit encoding, such a font is not ideally suited to xetex Feb 15, 2017 at 0:46
  • Thanks; is there otherwise a way to force it to display the É character anyway? I'm totally fine with a hacky solution.
    – Diffycue
    Feb 15, 2017 at 0:51

1 Answer 1


Here is a hacky way of achieving the desired result:

$\acute{\mathrm{E}}$lie Cartan
  • Ugh. If this is really needed I wouldn't use the font. Feb 15, 2017 at 8:44
  • 1
    That is fine, I am not asking you to use the font :)
    – Diffycue
    Feb 16, 2017 at 2:00

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