# Tabbing environment with special characters

Inside a tabbing environment, certain symbol combinations (such as \') are reserved for defining tabs and increasing/decreasing indentation of the text. However, I would like to include special characters inside a tabbing environment with special characters such as \'{c} and \'{e}. Is there any way to "escape" these special character combinations?

Below is an MWE, where for instance I'd like to write "Adiós" instead of "Adios". But if I use Adi\'{o}s, the text only shifts and no accent is put on the "o".

\documentclass{article}
\begin{document}
\begin{tabbing}
Hello ~~~~ \= Hi\\
\end{tabbing}
\end{document}


By the way: at some places I read that \o' is supposed to do the trick here, but it just converts the "o" to a "ø" and adds the ' afterwards.

For the occasional oddity, I'd suggest boxing the content first and then using the box inside tabbing:

\documentclass{article}
\newsavebox{\tabbox}
\begin{document}
\begin{tabbing}
Hello ~~~~ \= Hi\\
\> \usebox{\tabbox}
\end{tabbing}
\end{document}


Alternatively, use a UTF8 input encoding directly:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\begin{document}
\begin{tabbing}
Hello ~~~~ \= Hi\\
\end{tabbing}
\end{document}


You can also save the original definitions you're interested in, like \' and \:

\documentclass{article}
\let\textacute\'
\let\textgrave\
\begin{document}
\begin{tabbing}
Hello ~~~~ \= Hi\\