Two computer-related questions

Mark Goodacre M.S.Goodacre at
Thu Oct 15 14:01:58 EDT 1998

On 14 Oct 98 at 0:47, Ed Gorham wrote:

> Also, regarding Greek fonts...I haven't downloaded any yet, primarily 
> because I am assuming that some are more mailable/transferrable than 
> others.  Is this a false assumption, i.e. would the Greek font I download be
> received well by someone else with a different one? If not, are certain fonts
> more widely used than others? 

Usually the one receiving the document will need the document's specific Greek 
font in order to read the Greek in it, e.g. if you use SGreek font for Greek, 
the one reading the document will need that one too.  However, it seems that 
some word processors will do their best on fonts that they don't have.  For 
example recently I converted a document using "Scripture" fonts even though I 
did not have "Scripture" fonts.  Both Word 97 and Lotus WordPro seemed to be 
able to recognise most of the letters and convert them.

I must admit that my preference is to use one of the many free Greek fonts 
available on the internet (several listed on my page at 
(  This menas that if 
someone is giving you a document and you do not have the relevant font, you can 
download it quickly and easily from the internet.  And although some disagree 
with me, I am a great advocate of SPIonic because this is a public domain font, 
the free downloading of which is very much encouraged.  Several web pages are 
now written using it, and it is quite user-friendly for word-processing too.

On the issue of free fonts, note also two good new ones -- one from SIL (Summer 
Institute of Linguistics) and another from Paradigm Software.  Mounce's font is 
back now too -- it had been away for a while.  Addresses on my page.

Just some of my thoughts on the matter.  See too Jonathan's useful guide on 
Greek fonts on his page.

Dr Mark Goodacre     mailto:M.S.Goodacre at
 Dept. of Theology              Tel: +44 (0)121 414 7512
 University of Birmingham     Fax: +44 (0)121 414 6866
 Birmingham  B15 2TT
 United Kingdom

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