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# Accented words aren't hyphenated
TeX's algorithm for hyphenation gives up when it encounters an `\accent` command; there are good reasons for this, but it means that quality typesetting in non-English languages can be difficult.
For TeX macro packages, you can avoiding the effect by using an appropriately encoded font (for example, a Cork-encoded font — see [the EC fonts](FAQ-ECfonts.md)) which contains accented letters as single glyphs. LaTeX users can achieve this end simply by adding the command ```latex
to the preamble of their document. Other encodings (notably
LY1, once promoted by Y&Y inc) may be used
in place of T1. Indeed, most current 8-bit TeX font
work with the relevant sets of hyphenation patterns.
With the advance of XeTeX and LuaTeX to the mainstream, a new
regime for generating hyphenation tables is in place. For each
language, a table is written in Unicode, and
8-bit versions are
generated for use with various LaTeX font encodings. Original sets
of patterns remain on CTAN, for use when an older environment