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Quotation with double quote and O results in Ö

I want to write a document in German. For it I write in the preamble:


However, if I want to use quotation marks, it messes with the results, i.e. "E becomes Ë (E with two dots above it), while all I want is to start a quotation with the letter E...

What can be done?

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    " should not be used to produce quotes.
    – egreg
    Dec 20 '11 at 22:27

German quotes are done with "` and "'.

Instead the you may use the macros \glqq (German left double-quote) and \grqq (German right double-quote):



Ein Kommentar: "`Zitat"'

Ein Kommentar: \glqq Zitat\grqq

It looks like this:Example German quotes

With " alone, you get Umlauts (it was (and is) used if you have problems to use 'real' Umlauts (e.g. English keyboard layout)).

  • Thanks, I'll use that. It's silly that they don't let me decide my use for "...
    – Mike
    Dec 20 '11 at 22:50
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    @Mike: They do let you decide your use for ": You can say \shorthandoff{"} as suggested in the link Werner posted in the comment (tex.stackexchange.com/questions/10867/…). Then " will produce what you typed, commas at the top of the line. However, you'll realise that this is not what you actually want.
    – Jake
    Dec 20 '11 at 23:04
  • @Mike: If you actually want to type in quotation marks, you could use the Neo keyboard layout, which offers and on its second layer and you XeTeX for compiling as it allows for Unicode characters. As Jake said, " isn't a quotation mark, technically.
    – doncherry
    Dec 20 '11 at 23:44

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