# diacritical marks?

How do we do diacritical marks in Sage? They don't work in math mode in LaTeX, so I don't see how to get them in Sage and google doesn't turn up any results more recent than a 2008 complaint.

diacritical marks?

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Aha!
Sage's interface for text cells has a "Special Characters" button (looks like a capital omega) that allows one to insert certain letters with diacritical marks.

For marks that are not there (such as the Erdos mark, which *should* be there), one can use an HTML code from a table and insert it using the HTML button in the text-cell interface.
(Thanks to Hannah Alpert for finding these solutions.)

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Can you be more precise about what you want to do? Are you using Sage on your computer, online, in command-line, in a notebook? Do you want to name a variable or function some name with diacritical marks, such as `café = 3` or def café(x): return coffee(x)`? Do you want to use filenames that contain diacritical marks? Do you want to include comments with diacritical marks in your code?

In a notebook, using the shift-click cells, where LaTeX automatically compiles on save.

I just wrote "Trying to write things like élan." in such a text cell with no problems... Anything [Mathjax](http://www.mathjax.org/) can do should be doable in the notebook there.

Well, when I write \'elan in LaTeX, I get a diacritical mark. But when I write it in the sage text cell, I get...\'elan. Searching the mathjax documentation for 'diacritical' doesn't turn up any results.