I'm using non-ASCII (Unicode) characters. Why can't I generate PDF output?

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Submitted by hasorli on Thu, 01/17/2013 - 13:45

The short answer is that TeX doesn't know how to deal with UTF-8 (or rather non-ASCII) characters. XeTeX has been designed to work around these limitations. The easiest way to generate PDFs is to install Xe(La)TeX and use the 'xedemo' templates - these templates have been 'ported' from LaTeX to XeLaTeX.

Distribution specific install instructions listed below.

Debian / Ubuntu 

Install texlive-xetex that includes xelatex

How do I change the templates to my liking?

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Submitted by ehu on Wed, 11/14/2012 - 13:34

The templates use the Template Toolkit scripting language to generate actual content.
Depending on the typesetting language, the files use
* (Xe)LaTeX; or
* plain text
as the typesetting system.

While LaTeX and XeLaTeX are extremely similar, some differences exist, mainly in the area of font selection and document preamble.

Latex cheat sheet -

How do I get LaTeX on Ubuntu? I am trying to print to PDF's and it's not working.

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 02/05/2008 - 06:35

Make sure you have TexLive installed. Older TeTeX was recommended but according to Ubuntu repositories, TexLive is the new package to install.

You can install this with the following command:

apt-get install texlive-latex-extra