I am using the syntax package, and I want to define a grammar like:

Rule = Head -> Tail

but when I do this:

<rule> ::=  <head> `$\rightarrow$' <tail>

I get an error saying that Missing $ was inserted.

How can I single-quote a math character?


  • Ops sorry I'll update the question... This is within that syntax package it seems. – Andriy Drozdyuk Sep 5 '12 at 16:08
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    possibly \hbox{'$\rightarrow$'} (with a left quote on the left) but if that doesn't work please (always) edit your question to have a complete small document that shows the problem. – David Carlisle Sep 5 '12 at 16:19

The backquote ` is a special character in the grammar environment. Precede it by \string if you want an opening quote:

<rule> ::=  <head> \string`$\rightarrow$' <tail>
  • thanks, I found that lit{$\rightarrow$} also works! – Andriy Drozdyuk Sep 5 '12 at 17:17

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