Slovak ľ only once in the text

I need to use Slovak ľ once in text and I do not want to use [slovak]{babel}

Is there a command (like \soft{l}) which would produce it?

• @DavidCarlisle it is almost like l' but has almost no space between, l\!' looks better, but not perfect. – Anton Petrunin Apr 6 '17 at 19:32
• Does your document load the inputenc package with the option utf8, and the fontenc package with the option T1? If so, there should be nothing stopping you from entering the character in question directly, i.e., as ľ, right? – Mico Apr 6 '17 at 19:34
• @Mico sigh it's been a long day. I'll delete my comments:-) – David Carlisle Apr 6 '17 at 19:42
• @AntonPetrunin I extended Mico's answer:-) – David Carlisle Apr 6 '17 at 19:54
• I have seen ni some documents something like l\kern-0.035cm\char39\kern-0.03c (you can find a few occurrences online) for ľ and a similar macro for ť. I guess there are more experienced users on this site which would probably be able to say whether this approach is acceptable - and if not why it is bad. – Martin Apr 7 '17 at 5:43

It would be easiest, I think, if you could compile your document using either XeLaTeX or LuaLaTeX. That way, you won't have to deal with the vagaries of competing and conflicting font encodings.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{ifluatex,ifxetex}
\ifluatex\else\ifxetex % do nothing special ...
\else % must be pdftex...
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\fi\fi
\usepackage{ebgaramond} % font package that works with pdfLaTeX, XeLaTeX, and LuaLaTeX :-)
\begin{document}
l ľ
\end{document}


\documentclass{article}

\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[T1,T2A]{fontenc}
\DeclareTextCompositeCommand{\v}{OT1}{l}{l\nobreak\hspace{-.1em}'}
\DeclareTextCompositeCommand{\v}{T2A}{l}{l\nobreak\hspace{-.1em}'}
\begin{document}

{\fontencoding{OT1}\selectfont
\v{l} or just  ľ
}

{\fontencoding{T1}\selectfont
\v{l} or just  ľ
}

{\fontencoding{T2A}\selectfont
\v{l} or just  ľ
}

\end{document}

• Thank you, I need to use '\usepackage[T1,T2A]{fontenc}' --- ľ is OK with '\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}', but I got problems elsewhere (I do not really understand this --- sorry for stupid question) – Anton Petrunin Apr 6 '17 at 19:45
• You could add the \v{l} also works and doesn't need inputenc – David Carlisle Apr 6 '17 at 19:48
• @DavidCarlisle \v{l} produces l with v over it, while I need l'... – Anton Petrunin Apr 6 '17 at 19:49
• @AntonPetrunin - I suggest you change the directive to \usepackage[T2A,T1]{fontenc}, i.e., invert the order of the options. – Mico Apr 6 '17 at 19:49
• @AntonPetrunin no (that was my mistake earlier) ľ and \v{l} will always produce the same thing. in OT1 (and apparently T2A) there is no ľ character so you get the default v accent 9this can be fixed) but T1 does have a ľ so you get that. – David Carlisle Apr 6 '17 at 19:51

If your default encoding is T2A, you can do like this:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[T1,T2A]{fontenc}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}

\DeclareTextSymbolDefault{\softL}{T1}
\DeclareTextSymbolDefault{\softl}{T1}
\DeclareTextCommand{\softL}{T1}{\v{L}}
\DeclareTextCommand{\softl}{T1}{\v{l}}
\DeclareUnicodeCharacter{013D}{\softL}
\DeclareUnicodeCharacter{013E}{\softl}

\begin{document}

Москва \softl{} Москва ľ Москва

Москва \softL{} Москва Ľ Москва

\end{document}


Note that you can input the character directly with Ľ and ľ.

On the other hand, if you use russian-babel (or another language using the Cyrillic script), you can exploit \textlatin for the occasional word with diacritics in the Latin alphabet.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[T1,T2A]{fontenc}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[russian]{babel}

\begin{document}

Москва \textlatin{\v{l}} Москва \textlatin{ľ} Москва

Москва \textlatin{\v{L}} Москва \textlatin{Ľ} Москва

\end{document}


The output is the same as above.

• uh, but slovak is written using the latin alphabet. never (as far as i know) in cyrillic. so this example looks a bit weird. better ti contrast it with the transliteration of "Gel'fand" (where that "'" would best be a prime, but apostrophe is often used). – barbara beeton Apr 6 '17 at 20:58
• @barbarabeeton The T2A encoding contains a copy of the Latin alphabet (no diacritics), which might be misleading. The OP stated in comments to be using T2A – egreg Apr 6 '17 at 21:15