[Tex/LaTex] Characters with accents not recognized even with inputenc and % !TEX message

accentsinput-encodings

My document uses è and ï, so i used the following preamble to make sure they are displayed correctly. However they show up as something else (namely A¨~). What could be the problem?

Specifically, I started the preamble with: \usepackage[latin1]{inputenc}

I don't do \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} because that made the output an awful looking font.

UPDATE: for testing purposes, I inserted an é into every .tex file that is being \input in the main .tex file. Apparently, only 1 .tex file shows the wrong symbols, all other ones show the é like intended.

I use TeXnicCenter with MiKTeX 2.9 on Windows 7 64-bit.

ANSWER: I copied the contents of the erronous .tex file to notepad, deleted the .Tex and created a new one. Then I inserted all the text again. Now it works. So… for some strange reason that specific .tex file was of a different encoding?

Best Answer

If your document uses UTF8 encoding (which your first line indicates)

\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}

should probably work.