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Producing Special Symbols

You can include in you LATEX document a wide range of symbols that do not appear on you your keyboard. For a start, you can add an accent to any letter:



`o \`{o} õ \~{o} o \v{o} o \c{o} 'o \'{o}
=o \={o} o \H{o} o \d{o} ô \^{o} o \.{o}
oo \t{oo} o \b{o}
ö \"{o} o \u{o}

A number of other symbols are available, and can be used by including the following commands:



\dag \dag §\S ©\copyright
\ddag \ddag\P £\pounds
\oe \oe \OE \OE æ\AE
Æ\AE å\aa Å\AA
ø\o Ø\O \l \l
\L \E ß\ss ?`
!` ...\ldots LATEX \LaTeX

There is also a \today command that prints the current date. When you use these commands remember that LATEX will ignore any spaces that follow them, so that you can type `\pounds 20' to get `£20'. However, if you type `LaTeX is wonderful' you will get `LATEXis wonderful'--notice the lack of space after LATEX. To overcome this problem you can follow any of these commands by a pair of empty brackets and then any spaces that you wish to include, and you will see that \LaTeX{} really is wonderful! (LATEX really is wonderful!).

Finally, LATEX `math' mode, normally used to layout mathematical formulae, gives access to an even larger range of symbols, including the upper and lower case greek mathematical alphabet, calligraphic letters, mathematical operators and relations, arrows and a whole lot more. This document has not mentioned math mode, and it isn't going to either, so you will have to refer to the manual if you really need something that you can't get otherwise.


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Kevin Cooper 2002-03-01