# [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:

http://sarovar.org/docman/view.php/106/66/pdftex-s.pdf

and that some other documentation:

http://sarovar.org/docman/view.php/106/64/pdftex-a.pdf.pdf

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...

http://pjm.math.berkeley.edu/users/paulo/Snap1.gif

Paulo Ney de Souza
Mathematical Sciences Publishers