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# Time for action – directly using special characters

In a TeX document, we would like to use the German name of a street. It contains diacritics, so called umlauts. Let's check out how to make it work right.

1. Start a new document. Within a small parbox, write the text:
\documentclass{article}
\begin{document}
\parbox{3cm}{Meeting point: K\"onigsstra\ss e (King's Street)}
\end{document}
2. Typeset and have a first look:
3. Try babel instead! It provides shortcuts for German umlauts, if you state the ngerman option. Use "u for ü, a for ä, and s for ß":
\usepackage[ngerman]{babel}
…
\parbox{3cm}{Meeting point: K"onigsstra"se (King'sStreet)}
4. The output would be the ...

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