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Is there any more convenient (concise) way to insert Math-mode Accents? For example is it possible to use a syntax like following:

a\^ %instead of \hat{a} 
a\- %instead of \bar{a}
a\~ %instead of \tilde{a}


\^a %instead of \hat{a} 
\-a %instead of \bar{a}
\~a %instead of \tilde{a}
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If you do not need the text mode accents you can just go \let\^\hat and use \^ . If you do want \^ to work as before in text mode then it's a bit trikier (and quite hard to do in a way that will never affect text mode kerns) – David Carlisle Aug 9 '12 at 13:11
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You can do this by redefining the accent macros only for mathmode, using the \everymath and \everydisplay token lists. You can do this as follows:

% Create a token list for your custom math accent macros
  % etc.

% The following adds your custom macros for math accents
% to both inline and displayed math mode 


This should also preserve the normal meanings of the accent macros for text mode. — Note that for the other part of your question: there is no mechanism to define a new macro to accept an argument which immediately precedes it, as in the examples you give.

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