[OS X TeX] Fractional symbols

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Thu Sep 1 23:12:43 CEST 2016

> On Sep 1, 2016, at 4:00 PM, R Martinez <rm.tech at mac.com> wrote:
> All,
> I want to write text in my LaTeX document that includes a fraction, e.g., 3 1/2, but I want to replace the three-character 1/2 with the single character ½. As you can see, I can do it using the Mac keyboard with Mac documents such as this email. I tried inserting it in my LaTeX document but it did not typeset correctly.
> I am using the STIX font package. I have scoured the zillion STIX characters but cannot find ½ with a LaTeX backslash command. 
> The STIX reference document I am using is "The stix package" STI Pub Companies v1.1.1-latex from 2014/07/31. I have attached it to this email. 
> The character  ½ appears in the ts1-stixgeneral table on p. 29 of the STIX reference with coordinates
> 	  ′5
> ′27x |  ½  | ″Bx
>           ″D
> I don’t know how to access this. 
> Does anyone know how to insert a fraction in the text?  
> Thanks for your help.
> Raul Martinez
> <stix.pdf>


How are you typesetting the document? Are you using pdflatex, xelatex, etc?

What font are you using? If you're using pdflatex and Computer Modern try using


and then you will probably be able to generate the command with the \textonehalf command.

If you are using xelatex (or lualatex) you should be saving in UTF-8 and then, if you are using a font via the fontspec package that contains the character you should be able to just type it in from the keyboard.

In a math equation you should be using the amsmath, or better the mathtools package and then include it by placing the proper thing inside a \text{} command.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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