[OS X TeX] Indexing '&'

Herb Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Sun Dec 5 21:12:14 EST 2004

On 12/5/04 8:08 PM, "Alain Schremmer" <Schremmer.Alain at verizon.net> wrote:

> I am having another small problem. I would like the ampersand, &, to
> appear in the index but Makeindex does not like it: It stops there and,
> when I Typeset LaTeX, the console objects as follows:
>   )(./Title.ind[139]
>   !Misplaced alignment tab character &.
>   1.3    \item &
>                   , 7
> where 7 is the page on which '&' appears in the book called 'Title'.
> But if I run Makeindex with, say, \index{blurb}, it indexes of course
> 'blurb' as entry 139 (out of 155) and, since, I am using Showidx,
> 'blurb' shows also in the margin but, when I then replace 'blurb' by '&'
> and typeset LaTeX, 'blurb' is indeed replaced by '&' in the margin with
> no objection from the console but not in the index at the back of the
> book where 'blurb' remains.
> Regards
> --schremmer


The `&' is indeed a special character so use `\&' to produce it in text.
Hope that solves the problem.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)

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