I recently tried to write the name of the French mathematician Gâteaux in the correct way, i.e. with a circumflex over the first 'a'.

Using MathJax formatting inside inline math or in formula, that is no problem, but how do I do that outside, not using MathJax?

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    $\begingroup$ Just type it in like any other text, without using MathJax or any other fancy things: Gâteaux. Or paste it from somewhere else if your keyboard doesn't easily permit entering an â. $\endgroup$
    – Stefan Kohl Mod
    Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 10:24
  • $\begingroup$ In the latter way, you can also enter e.g. chinese text: 曼弗雷德·魏斯 $\endgroup$
    – Stefan Kohl Mod
    Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 10:32
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    $\begingroup$ I would revert to html, typing Gâteaux. $\endgroup$
    – Todd Trimble Mod
    Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 11:50
  • $\begingroup$ A side note: SE search should return more-or-less the same results both for Gâteaux and Gateaux. Somewhat related post on meta.math.SE: Searching for accented characters is too strict. $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 12:33
  • $\begingroup$ Related older post on this meta: LaTeX style accents in regular text $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 12:40
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks to all commenters for the good tips! $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 14:05
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    $\begingroup$ And since I am posting lost of links perhaps two more from superuser will not do any harm. (I am sure many more entries like that can be found on various SE sites.) Insert Unicode characters via the keyboard? and How do I type accented characters in windows? $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 14:35


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