# Formatting: Diacritics outside of Formulas

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?

• 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.
– Stefan Kohl Mod
Dec 29 '16 at 10:24
• In the latter way, you can also enter e.g. chinese text: 曼弗雷德·魏斯
– Stefan Kohl Mod
Dec 29 '16 at 10:32
• I would revert to html, typing G&acirc;teaux.
– Todd Trimble Mod
Dec 29 '16 at 11:50
• 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. Dec 29 '16 at 12:33
• Related older post on this meta: LaTeX style accents in regular text Dec 29 '16 at 12:40
• Thanks to all commenters for the good tips! Dec 29 '16 at 14:05
• 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? Dec 29 '16 at 14:35