I know that hyphenating words with accents produces an error in LaTeX. So what can I do in such an occasion? I am facing a problem like that in my text where I use the Linux Libertine O font as the main font. The character is a greek alpha with an accent.

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    Please add a minimal working example (MWE) that illustrates your problem.
    – Werner
    Oct 16, 2012 at 18:20
  • No minimal example to write here. I am getting a latex error Improper hyphenation will be flushed , when I am trying to use for example things like \hyphenate{μετα-ευριστικός} (words with accents)
    – Paramar
    Oct 16, 2012 at 18:27
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    @Paramar: Does wrapping what you have with \documentclass{article} \begin{document} \hyphenate{μετα-ευριστικός} \end{document} reproduces the problem? If so than that would be a MWE. If not, then it needs to be expanded until it reproduces the problem. Oct 16, 2012 at 18:46
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    Please make a complete document starting \documentclass and ending \end{document} showing all packages loaded. The first sentence of your question isn't true LaTeX can hyphenate such words, the packages you use to set up the greek fonts are supposed to set up greek hyphenation, so your document is mis-configured in some way but if you do not show us an example document it is impossible to guess what is wrong. Also are you using pdflatex or xelatex or lualatex? Oct 16, 2012 at 20:25

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Assuming that the only hyphenation point you want in "μεταευριστικός" is after "μετα", then the following (in XeLaTeX) will work:

\setmainfont{Linux Libertine O}
\newfontfamily\greekfont[Script=Greek]{Linux Libertine O}





The \parbox{1pt}{\hspace...} is just in order to force XeTeX to do all possible hyphenations.

Note that the \hyphenation command is language dependent, so you have to state hyphenation exceptions in the proper language environment. If you use only one language or the exceptions are only for the main language, the \hyphenation declaration can be put after \begin{document}.

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Without the \hyphenation declaration, the result would have been

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  • We are near the solution. The code you proposed me correctly separates the word at μέτα but doesn't solve the problem. In my text I had μεταευριστικός that needed to be separated in the middle of a paragraph. With parbox it gets separated but falls over the next word of the text and the second part of the word isn't written in the beggining of the next line. What do you propose to solve this?
    – Paramar
    Oct 17, 2012 at 12:01
  • @Paramar The \parbox is only to show the hyphenation points; you mustn't use it in your code.
    – egreg
    Oct 17, 2012 at 12:03
  • Hmm, I tried only adding the \hyphenation part. My text compiles with Xelatex but the hyphenation mistakes still exist. Any idea? The packages used are: \usepackage{fontspec} \setmainfont{Linux Libertine O} \newfontfamily\greekfont[Script=Greek]{Linux Libertine O} \newfontfamily\greekfontsf[Script=Greek]{Linux Libertine O} \newfontfamily\greekfonttt[Script=Greek]{Linux Libertine O} \usepackage{polyglossia} \usepackage{xltxtra} \setmainlanguage{greek} \setotherlanguages{english} \begin{otherlanguage*}{greek} \hyphenation {σταθε-ρές} \hyphenation{μεταευ-ριστικές} \end{otherlanguage*}
    – Paramar
    Oct 17, 2012 at 12:14
  • @Paramar Not without a real example. If you're using ucharclasses for setting the language, you've been warned. ;-)
    – egreg
    Oct 17, 2012 at 12:14
  • Following your advice I erased ucharclasses
    – Paramar
    Oct 17, 2012 at 12:17

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