[pdftex] typesetting Hàn Thế Thành's name in pdfTeX

Paulo Ney de Souza desouza at Math.Berkeley.EDU
Thu Mar 26 18:37:37 CET 2009

Is it possible to typeset Hàn Thế Thành name using full UTF-8 input in 
pdfTeX, that is, without gimmicks in the accent on the letter "e" ?

I can see that his name is not properly accented in some of the original 
documentation written by himself:


and that some other documentation:

barely accentuates it properly:

     \def\THANH{H\`an Th\^e\llap{\raise 0.5ex\hbox{\'{}}} Th\`anh}

The rules of accentuation in Vietnamese say the marks are supposed to be 
vertically centered, on top of each other - which is definitely not the 
case in the macro above...


Paulo Ney de Souza
Mathematical Sciences Publishers

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