# 7 Accents and Symbols

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

– 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: \'a Acute: \a Circumflex: \^a Umlaut: \"a Tilde: \~a Macron: \=a Breve: \u{a} Cedilla: \c{a} Dot: \.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.

 \\$ \dag \C \% \ddag \texttrademark \# \P \S \{ \} \dots \checkmark

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