7 Accents and Symbols

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

\text{Celui qui ne connait pas les langues \'etrang\`eres ne sait rien sur lui-m\^eme.}
– 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: \text{\'a} \'a Acute: \text{\`a} \`a Circumflex: \text{\^a} \^a
Umlaut: \text{\"a} \"a Tilde: \text{\~a} \~a Macron: \text{\=a} \=a
Breve: \text{\u{a}} \u{a} Cedilla: \text{\c{a}} \c{a} Dot: \text{\.a} \.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 \dag \copyright \C
\% \% \ddag \ddag \texttrademark \texttrademark
\# \# \P \P \S \S
\{ \} \{ \} \dots \dots \checkmark \checkmark

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

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