Greek fonts - keyboard map

Maurice A. O'Sullivan mauros at
Sat Jan 16 06:33:54 EST 1999

At 00:47 16/01/99 -0600, you wrote:
>I'm getting frustrated trying to insert breathing and accent marks for
>my greek fonts using my wordprocessor. Is there a way to print out each
>character of the font and the corresponding keyboard key so I can use it
>as a permanent reference? 

Here is an extract from the JACT Bulletin, September 1997
[ JACT = the Joint Association of Classical Teachers, a UK group that
produces, among other things, the excellent Reading Greek volumes; their
web-site is at:
and their strap-line proclaims "Greek and Latin aren't dead and buried yet" 
Visit and enjoy"


Ancient Greek Word-processing in Microsoft Word

Aptly called Greek without Tears, this programme provides a scalable Greek
font with every
possible combination of breathings, iota subscripts and accentuation using
either the
standard keyboard by means of keyboard shortcuts (which can be customised
as you wish),
or a toolbar if you prefer to use a mouse. What happens in practice is that
you type a Greek
letter, then add breathings, accents and iota subscripts in that order.
Programmer Dr Flynn
has taken things a stage further than simple word processing, however. The
masculine and
feminine definite article forms are typed simply by using lower and upper
case v, for
example; numbers on the keyboard remain unaffected, so if you are compiling
a worksheet
involving numbered sentences you don't need to shuttle between your
standard font and the
Greek one; and if you are a touch typist Dr Flynn has incorporated some
editing shortcuts to
make life easier. 

As aids to proof reading you can run three checks on the Greek you have
written. Selecting
the Breathings? button on the toolbar initiates a scan of the initial two
letters of each Greek
word and alerts you if it suspects a missing breathing mark. Selecting the
Sigmas? button
scans final sigmas and replaces any mistypes. And an Accents button checks
the text,
consulting an inbuilt list of common unaccented Greek words when it detects
an unaccented
word, and sounding an alarm if the word you have typed is not on this list. 

Dr Flynn has also enlisted the help of Word's AutoText and AutoCorrect
features. About
250 common Greek words with a stable pattern of accentuation have been
incorporated into
AutoText, enabling the user to type in the word, then, by pressing 7A,
inserting that word's accents. You can customise this to your own
AutoCorrect takes this one step further, inserting accents automatically as
you type. The
manual, a model of clarity, helpfulness and honesty, explains in full
detail, and warns about
possible pitfalls.

This has already proved for me an indispensable tool. It is available for
£15.00, to include
disc, comprehensive manual and after-sales telephone support, from Dr
Dennis Flynn,
Orchard House, Church Lane, Wendlebury, Bicester, Oxon, OX6 8PN (tel: 01869

Maurice A. O'Sullivan  [ Bray, Ireland ]
mauros at

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