So, using pdfLaTeX, I need to write the Kha with descender symbol (which looks like ҳ). Taken from Wikipedia:

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It comes up with Afghan history, if anyone's curious why I need it...

I know this can be done with XeLaTeX, but I'd prefer avoiding XeLaTeX if possible (I'm also using microtype).

Using Babel for one character seems excessive...what other options are there?


These characters are available in font encoding T2A, for example. They can be used without babel:


  U+04B2: {\fontencoding{T2A}\selectfont\CYRHDSC}

  U+04B3: {\fontencoding{T2A}\selectfont\cyrhdsc}

In order to avoid PK-Fonts the package cm-super should be installed.


Adding to Heiko's excellent answer, one can also input the character directly, provided the file is UTF8 encoded:


  U+04B2: {\fontencoding{T2A}\selectfont\CYRHDSC} Ҳ

  U+04B3: {\fontencoding{T2A}\selectfont\cyrhdsc} ҳ

Of course Russian (or other language using the character) babel should not be used.

  • This was a fantastic answer, I really appreciate your solution :) – Alex Nelson Jul 27 '12 at 19:21

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