# [OS X TeX] "I wish this worked a bit differently" #2

Alain Schremmer schremmer.alain at gmail.com
Wed Sep 26 17:45:08 EDT 2007

```On Sep 26, 2007, at 5:27 PM, Bruno Voisin wrote:

> Le 26 sept. 07 à 22:55, Herbert Schulz a écrit :
>
>> The _ is reserved for sub-scripts in LaTeX, to get an _ character
>> you must use the command \_, that's \ and then _ not \ and .. This
>> behavior is just like other special characters, e.g., \\$ to get
>> the \$ in print. Oh... if you do escape the _ with \ before it
>> TeXShop won't enter the {}!

I am awfully sorry and I must apologize to Brophy—my eyesight isn't
what it used to be and I saw the underscore as two points and to
Schulz—who is absolutely correct and as I should have known since I
often use \&.

> LaTeX, being its systematic and verbose self, introduces also a
> whole bunch of textual commands for such non-alphabetic characters.
> Specifically, \_ may be entered as \textunderscore.

I didn't know that. And I will read Section 4.

Apologetic and grateful regards
--schremmer