# [OS X TeX] Writing an Underscore in LateX

Ishe Chinyoka chinyoka.consultant at gmail.com
Thu Jul 28 12:19:50 EDT 2011

Hi Everybody,

Thanks William for explaining about the display and David for confirming that at least the output is okay. Then I think it has to do with my platform here: I use Preview for my PDF reading needs.  this may be an issue between Preview and Voiceover I suspect and nothing to do with TeX.
Well, in the first place I thank Klaus for pointing me to the use of the backslash character and Herb for that checking of the sample files.

This is a great group,

Ishe

On 28 Jul,2011, at 5:56 PM, David Watson wrote:

> The underscores in your PDF show up just fine for me.
>
> On Jul 28, 2011, at 10:43 AM, Ishe Chinyoka wrote:
>
>> Hi,
>>
>> Thanks for your help. Actually, for interest sake, I am using MacTex 2011 on Snow Leopard with Voiceover as the screen reader. What is strange is that when I run Plastex to convert the source Tex file to HTML, the underscores are there, but in the PDF file, they are not there.
>> <test.tex><test.pdf>
>> Anyway, find attached a sample of my test TeX source file and a sample output PDF.
>>
>> Thanks once again,
>>
>> Ishe
>>
>>
>>
>> On 28 Jul,2011, at 4:10 PM, Herbert Schulz wrote:
>>
>>>
>>> On Jul 28, 2011, at 8:51 AM, Ishe Chinyoka wrote:
>>>
>>>> Hi,
>>>>
>>>> Thanks Klaus. I just tried that and the file was typeset, but here is another strange problem: I see no underscores in the final PDF document. I even tried to wrap these in the \verb|word_to_wra| and this worked. But now the issue is with items that are part of the description list environment like this:
>>>>
>>>> \begin{description}
>>>> \item[word\_to\_wrap]
>>>> \end}description}
>>>>
>>>> The underscores are stripped and I get
>>>>
>>>> Word to wrap
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Is there a way to put a word in the \verb|| wrap in a list item? If this were possible, I would try it. For example, can I do this:
>>>>
>>>> \item[\verb|word_to_wrap|]
>>>>
>>>> Thanks once again,
>>>>
>>>> Ishe
>>>
>>> Howdy,
>>>
>>> Works fine here. Could create a minimal but compilable example where it doesn't work so we can see exactly what is happening?
>>>
>>> Good Luck,
>>>
>>> Herb Schulz
>>> (herbs at wideopenwest dot com)
>>>
>>>
>>>
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