# [OS X TeX] Puzzled by an accented i

Alan Munn amunn at gmx.com
Sun Mar 13 23:23:37 CET 2011

On Mar 13, 2011, at 6:16 PM, Josep Maria Font wrote:

> El 13/03/2011, a les 22:12, Alan Munn ha escrit:
>
>> On Mar 13, 2011, at 5:05 PM, Josep Maria Font wrote:
>>
>>> In a typos list, I need to produce an accented "i" where the dot really appears (obviously, to indicate how it should be done in the right way). However, I am not being able to produce one. The obvious, minimal code below gives me two equally accented equally dotless i's. And this without any inputenc or babel trick, and with an up-to-date MacTeX 2010 installation.
>>>
>>> Is perhaps the latest (La)TeX even more smart than I ever thought ? Any ideas ?
>>
>> \documentclass{minimal}
>> \usepackage{tipa}
>> \begin{document}
>> \textipa{\'{i}} vs \'{i}
>> \end{document}
>>
>> will do what you want.
>
> Thanks!
>
> (However, I'm still wondering why \'{i} does not work in plain LaTeX without additions)

Because that's the "right" way, typographically.  Accents on dotted characters typically replace the dots.  (In fact, it doesn't seem that there exists an an accented dotted 'i' in Unicode at all except for a lowercase  ï with an acute.

Alan

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