[OS X TeX] encoding and special characters in TexShop and BibDesk

Adam R. Maxwell amaxwell at mac.com
Sun Sep 24 12:44:15 EDT 2006

On Sep 24, 2006, at 09:20, Gordon Sick wrote:

> I've been watching with interest the discussion of encoding accented  
> characters. I write in English, but many important papers I cite  
> have authors whose names have accents. I'd like to know how to get  
> this done properly.
> But for me, the bigger issue is in the sorting and searching for  
> their papers. For example, if I file a paper in BibDesk with the  
> name Sødal, then it isn't found when I search for Sodal, etc. Is  
> there a way to make the standard search engines broaden a search so  
> that searching for Sodal always includes Sødal, etc?

This is an interesting example.  BibDesk transforms characters when  
searching, so that if you have a name "Bürger" you can search for it  
as "bu" and match "Bürger" and "Burt" (for example); however,  
searching for "bü" explicitly will require the accent.

Our diacritic-insensitive searching doesn't work for ø, though, and  
I'm not sure if there's a built-in solution for it.  Other search  
mechanisms may have a similar problem.  Where are you sorting, and  
what are you using to search?

> If I can do this in BibDesk, that is put in the name Sødal for the  
> paper, what encoding commands to I need to get this translated to  
> something that Latex won't choke on? I use cmr and Lucida fonts.

This is a different question; if you use character conversion in  
BibDesk, it will convert ü to {\"u}, which is an ASCII representation  
that any TeX will understand.  You could also disable character  
conversion and use UTF-8 with xelatex, or Latin1 with the appropriate  
inputenc package command.  The main thing is that you should use the  
same encoding for your .bib file and your .tex file.


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