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First you will need a way to write non-ASCII characters. You can either use macros, or teach TeX about the ISO character sets. I prefer the latter, it has the advantage that the usual standard emacs word movement and case change commands will work.

Recommended encoding for LaTeX document is UTF-8. Recent LaTeX2e has native support for UTF-8. If your LaTeX2e is not recent enough, just add ‘\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}’.

You can still use ISO 8859 Latin 1 encoding with ‘\usepackage[latin1]{inputenc}’.

To be able to display non-ASCII characters you will need an appropriate font. All Emacs versions supported by current AUCTeX can display 8-bit characters, provided that suitable fonts are installed.

A compromise is to use an European character set when editing the file, and convert to TeX macros when reading and writing the files.


Much like ‘iso-tex.el’ but is bundled with Emacs 19.23 and later.


a much more complete package for Emacs that can also handle a lot of mathematical characters and input methods.

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