7 Accents and Symbols

Laura Greenstreet

Latex’s plain text commands are also convenient for typesetting accents. For example:

[latex]\text{Celui qui ne connait pas les langues \'etrang\`eres ne sait rien sur lui-m\^eme.}[/latex]
– Goethe

[‌latex]\text{Celui qui ne connait pas les langues \'etrang\`eres ne sait rien sur lui-m\^eme. - Goethe} [/latex]

Note that in Pressbooks, you will need to surround the sentence by \text{} for the text to format properly. The table below shows the Latex commands for some common accents.

Grave: [latex]\text{\'a}[/latex] \'a Acute: [latex]\text{\`a}[/latex] \`a Circumflex: [latex]\text{\^a}[/latex] \^a
Umlaut: [latex]\text{\"a}[/latex] \"a Tilde: [latex]\text{\~a}[/latex] \~a Macron: [latex]\text{\=a}[/latex] \=a
Breve: [latex]\text{\u{a}}[/latex] \u{a} Cedilla: [latex]\text{\c{a}}[/latex] \c{a} Dot: [latex]\text{\.a}[/latex] \.a

Common symbols can also be typeset. Note that some symbols on the keyboard have a “\” command since the regular symbol has a special meaning in Latex. The symbols in the table below can be used in math and text mode.

[latex]\$[/latex] \$ [latex]\dag[/latex] \dag [latex]\copyright[/latex] \C
[latex]\%[/latex] \% [latex]\ddag[/latex] \ddag [latex]\texttrademark[/latex] \texttrademark
[latex]\#[/latex] \# [latex]\P[/latex] \P [latex]\S[/latex] \S
[latex]\{ \}[/latex] \{ \} [latex]\dots[/latex] \dots [latex]\checkmark[/latex] \checkmark

Additional symbols and alphabets can be typeset by using packages, which are covered in the next section.

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