I would like to include text like the following in a latex document `[2007] EWCA Civ 1042`

.

Unfortunately if I use `\[2007\] EWCA Civ 1042`

the number within the square brackets is typeset on a separate line. `\[`

must mean something I don't know. How do I escape a square bracket?

I realise this may be a stupid question, but the only way to escape things I know of is backslash.

## Best Answer

You don't escape square brackets in LaTeX if you want them typeset.

`\[`

and`\]`

are basically synonyms for`\begin{displaymath}`

and`\end{displaymath}`

, (or`\begin{equation*}`

and`\end{equation*}`

with`amsmath`

loaded), and will make the enclosed content typeset in a unnumbered displayed math equation on a separate line, which is clearly not what you want.In conclusion you should simply write

verbatim to get the output

Edit:As noted in the comments, this will not work in the special cases where the brackets follow a macro (as in`\item [2007] EWA`

) or if it comes first in a row in a`tabular`

. In these situations one should group the brackets inside braces as`{[2007]} EWA`

.