I don't know if you can use accented words with the latex glossary package but I think you can because it would seems like a stupid limitation. I'm french and if I want to define an accented term such as "métadonnée" and use

\newglossaryentry{métadonnée} { name={métadonnée}, description={text} }

I get a error message :

! Undefined control sequence.
\GenericError ...
#4 \errhelp \@err@ ...
l.57 \glossentry{m�tadonn�e}

I've done some research but nobody seems to use accented words in glossary! It looks like a problem with encoding but I think that all my packages are good. Here's what I use :


EDIT : here's a minimal example to reproduce what happens so you can see that it won't compile with pdflatex :




Thanks for any help!

  • please fix your example so that people can run it to reproduce the problem and test answers. – David Carlisle Mar 23 '17 at 20:06
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    I am not sure but I don't think that glossaries allows accented characters as glossary key name. You should use \newglossaryentry{metadonnee} and \gls{metadonnee} respectively – user31729 Mar 23 '17 at 20:26
  • @Christian Hupfer: Maybe using xindy in the place of makeindex? – Bernard Mar 23 '17 at 21:42
  • @Bernard: The issue happens at LaTeX level. The first argument of \newglossaryentry is used to define some internal commands. So to handle this you have to add \detokenize to a lot of lines inside glossaries.sty. (And I don't know if this works ;-) ) A complete explanation is given by egreg: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/175240/… – Marco Daniel Mar 23 '17 at 22:23
  • @MarcoDaniel: I see. Thanks for the link. A workaround seems to write \newglossaryentry{metadonnee}%without accents { name={métadonnée}, %% printed word description={text} } – Bernard Mar 23 '17 at 22:42

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