Unicode Characters in Mendeley Bibliography Breaking Latex?

Andrew Bolster

Senior R&D Manager (Data Science) at Synopsys Software Integrity Group and Treasurer @ Bsides Belfast and NI OpenGovernment Network

I use Mendeley for my reference and citation management.

I use TexClipse for (most) of my $latex \LaTeX$ editing, ViM otherwise.

I use Xelatex / pdflatex for project building.

These don’t always work so well together. 

One issue I came across was that Mendeley can insert some weird Unicode whitespace characters that ‘disappear’ in TexClipse / Vim, but break xelatex/pdflatex.

Easy solution: set the project encoding in TexClipse to ignore these characters upon pasting.

Right click on your project -> Properties - > set Text File Encoding to US-ASCII; Apply

Job Done; No more Unicode woes!

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