I wrote a list and want it to display * "bok" til (imagine that * is an orange star), but instead, the output is * boktil. I think it has something to do with the [nynorsk]{babel} package or the wishlist environment? Here's the code (the problem is \item "bok" til):




    \item "bok" til


Then my question is: Is there a command that allows the symbols to be displayed in the PDF as they are written in LaTeX? Maybe a command that works for all kinds of symbols?

(I tried \" but that gave two dots over the b and two dots over the t) Also, a wierd thing is if you replace bok with h and til with h it gives * "h"h.

  • The character " can be typeset with \textquotedbl in LaTeX. You should, however, perhaps rather use typographically correct quotation marks (for Norwegian those should be either \guillemotleft and \guillemotright — «…» — or \quotedblbase and \textquotedblleft — „…“). Commented Nov 5, 2019 at 19:03
  • \textquotedbl causes the same problem as " does. It doesn't work.
    – Vebjorn
    Commented Nov 5, 2019 at 19:15
  • You could try \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} with \textquotedbl. But I guess, this is not the best solution … Commented Nov 5, 2019 at 19:23

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The quotes are made an active character in norwegian. To use them, babel defines the shortcut \dq. Other than this, I took the opportunity to simplify your code, using the functionalities of enumitem:

\documentclass[a4paper, nynorsk]{article}
\usepackage[autostyle, norwegian=quotes]{csquotes}

    \setlist[wishlist, 1]{label=$\bigstar$, font=\color{orange}}
    \setlist[wishlist, 2]{label=\roman*}
    \setlist[wishlist, 3]{label=\textendash}
    \setlist[wishlist, 4]{label=\alph*}


    \item \dq bok\dq til


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  • Thanks! But how do you get \ in Norwegian? I tried \char`\\ and it gave (surprisingly) " .
    – Vebjorn
    Commented Nov 5, 2019 at 19:29
  • No, it is kind of a separate question, but related. If I want to write \ in the text, how to I do that? Is there a command like \backslash or?
    – Vebjorn
    Commented Nov 5, 2019 at 20:29
  • 2
    The command is \textbackslash.
    – Bernard
    Commented Nov 5, 2019 at 20:58

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