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How does one create one's own diacritics? To give a concrete example, I want to be able to typeset something that looks like


but has three dots above the letter. I'm looking for an answer that looks comparably nice to existing diacritics, if possible.

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up vote 8 down vote accepted

Another option is to use the accents package:





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In amsmath this is already defined: \dddot{a}. You can even have 4 dots: \ddddot{a}. (Works in math mode only though.)

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