Support accented characters in Latex in Mobius

Currently, it is not possible to use accented characters in text in Latex in Mobius, like ä.

This would be useful because it is often easier to write mathematical expressions using Latex than the equation editor, which can be cumbersome, or just using normal text, which won't display equation properly.

In feedback sections, it's nice to give an example of how to do the problem with short aligned text next to each line of the solution.

So the only way around this is to anglicise non-English words, which is not fair to non-English speaking people and can confuse students.

The latex implementation in Mobius should also install the biblatex latex package which would allow the use of these characters via {\"a} instead of ä, which would be okay.

  • Guest
  • Apr 27 2020
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  • Guest commented
    9 Jun, 2020 02:44pm

    Oh, I see! In that case the suggestion to load a certain package makes even less sense :)

    I thought Mobius would handle Unicode input there instead just fine, but it wouldn't let me save the text after typing in the text (although there was a reasonable job in the preview of the intended glyphs, albeit in the wrong font). So I guess there is some work to do here...

  • Lachlan Swain commented
    8 Jun, 2020 04:33pm

    Hi Will,
    The problem is that our use of Mobius does not support accented characters at all in our use of Latex.
    One use case that customers have is if the want to give a detailed solution of a problem they want to use Latex, and they want to write supporting comments to the solution in their own language - this is not currently possible with how we've implemented Latex in Mobius.
    If you paste in your code into Mobius you will, unfortunately, see that it does not work.
    Hence the need to use a package that includes accented characters, which is not currently possible either.

  • Guest commented
    1 Jun, 2020 11:58am

    What is the context here? Accented letters in maths itself? Or text in maths like

    \[ a=b \qquad\text{according to Erd\"os} \]

    Note that biblatex has nothing to do with accented letters. By default in LaTeX you should always be able to use accents like \" but not usually in maths mode.