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In the itemize environment, how do I use the ampersand symbol & without LaTeX trying to use it as a command?

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    enter it as \&. – barbara beeton Jan 24 '13 at 23:30
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    @barbarabeeton I can't believe that I am unable to find a duplicate for it. I even wrote the tag wiki for {ampersand} which contains the "solution" already. – mafp Jan 24 '13 at 23:49
  • @barbarabeeton Is there anything other? I cannot get it work with XeLaTeX? – Léo Léopold Hertz 준영 Jan 15 '17 at 19:23
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    @LéoLéopoldHertz준영 -- you must have a package loaded that changes the meaning (to latex) of \&, but since we don't know that that might be, can't guess at an answer. since you're not the person who asked this question, please post a new one, with a compilable example that demonstrates the problem. – barbara beeton Jan 15 '17 at 19:26

How about \&? I'm not sure about what you are asking, though...


This also works fine in XeLaTeX and LuaLaTeX. For example, in XeLaTeX this code:

\setmainfont{Linux Libertine O}
Testing... \&

is thus rendered:

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    Thanks, this is exactly what I'm asking. I figured it out in the same moment you posted this comment. – Aei Jan 24 '13 at 23:33
  • This does not work in XeLaTeX. Maybe something there too – Léo Léopold Hertz 준영 Jan 15 '17 at 19:22
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    @LéoLéopoldHertz준영 It does. – NVaughan Jan 16 '17 at 1:37
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    @NVaughan I cannot get it work in my environment. Is there any more universal way without fontspec? - - This works {\&} instead. But it does not work inside \textbf. – Léo Léopold Hertz 준영 Aug 2 '17 at 13:37

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