I just started using LaTeX, and need to use the character "ü". I already have this in main file :

%%% Sprach- und zeichensatzspezifische Pakete

where I believe the latin9 inputenc will allow me to show ü in the PDF file. However, when I type pdflatex main, I get the PDF file, where the word für is rendered as fÃŒr

There is no error, and the package is already there (if not, for sure it will prompt me for error message). How to render this "ü" in PDF? Would appreciate any answer.

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    Commented Jan 13, 2012 at 12:04

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I don't know how to get the character to work, but you can just use \"u to get a "ü" in the pdf.


Instead of changing every single umlaut manualy, you should better use a complete utf8 workflow, as Jouni suggested. This will save you a lot of work! Just replace the lines you posted (and maybe parts of your documentclass) with the following:



  Write üöäß directly!
  And é and è and çñâøæð.

Using UTF8 makes your life easier, but it means you need a UTF8 capable editor. Personally, I really like Texmaker, which is UTF8 capable, has a nice and simple GUI and is available for free for Windows, Linux and Mac OS. And you need to save your files as UTF8.

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Looks like your editor saved the file in utf-8. Try changing the latin9 parameter to utf8.


For languages other than English you can choose a semiautomatic input selection. For German replace the inputenc package with these lines.


The selinput package is part of the oberdiek bundle. It will select the right input encoding in dependence of the file encoding.

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