[B-Greek] Font Test

George F Somsel gfsomsel at yahoo.com
Mon Sep 3 13:00:28 EDT 2007

There is always Tavultesoft which many have found useful.  It used to be free, but now is not.


My favorite is Unitype Global Writer which is also not free.


I frequently use a built-in facility in Libronix.  While the resources are not free, you can download the engine which displays all the resources for nothing.  I suppose you could use it to enter Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, Syriac and Coptic without having any resources installed.  It is rather resource intensive.  Together with the engine you will download a number of fonts as well such as Gentium, New Athena Unicode, SBL-Hebrew, Ezra Sil, and a number of Syriac fonts (Unless this is only for the Original Languages Library, but you can download it for free and delete it if it doesn't serve your purpose.). 


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----- Original Message ----
From: Richard Ghilardi <qodeshlayhvh at juno.com>
To: b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org
Sent: Monday, September 3, 2007 12:33:03 PM
Subject: Re: [B-Greek] Font Test

Hello Carl,

S' EUCARISTW POLU for a most helpful reply. I've always been able to
receive messages written in Unicode because 3 of the 4 points you mention
below are already in place on my computer:

1) My e-mail program allows Unicode UTF-8.
2) The Text Encoding is already set for UTF-8.
3) I am already using Gentium, a unicode font. (If anyone has a
preference for other fonts, tell me which ones and why, please.)

But I don't have a keyboarding "device" or program. So I can't write in
Greek and hope to have it appear on the list. Carl, you've stated your
preference below. And I may well go with that. But first I'd like to hear
what others on the list like to use.

What keyboarding programs are you all using?

Yours in His grace,

Richard Ghilardi - qodeshlayhvh at juno.com
West Haven, Connecticut USA


On Mon, 3 Sep 2007 06:15:44 -0400 "Carl W. Conrad"
<cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu> writes:
> On Sep 3, 2007, at 5:08 AM, Richard Ghilardi wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > That didn't work either. Can someone help me?
> (1) You must be using an e-mail program that allows Unicode UTF-8;  
> some programs still don't, e.g. Eudora; that's why I switched  
> reluctantly away from Eudora -- I'm told that Eudora is going to be  
> an Open Source program soon with a relationship to Mozilla, and will 
> probably allow Unicode then).
> (2) What you must check in your mail program is "Text Encoding" and  
> see whether that includes a UTF-8 option, and if so you must select  
> it/click on it.
> (3) You must use a font that has Unicode characters AND you must 
> have  
> the UTF-8 encoding selected at the same time. It won't do just to be 
> using Gentium (there are now lots of Unicode fonts with Greek 
> glyphs)  
> -- I'm using the Mac OS X 10.4 version of Times in this message --  
> any Unicode font that has Greek glyphs will show up for others that  
> have Unicode-equipped e-mail programs -- and readers don't even have 
> to have the SAME Unicode font you're using.
> (4) So: you must have text-encoding set to UTF-8, you must be using 
> a  
> Unicode font with Greek glyphs, and you also must be entering the  
> Greek text with some keyboard device that allows you to type Greek  
> characters with proper accents. There are several such; I'm using a  
> GreekKeys Unicode(US) keyboard on a Mac running OS X10.4.10 and  
> writing in Times.
> There are several good resource sites about Unicode Greek on the  
> internet. Here are a couple:
> Unicode Classical Greek:
> http://users.ox.ac.uk/~tayl0010/html_help.html
> = http://tinyurl.com/yrve23
> Brief Guide to Greek Unicode (at TLG: a downloadable 2.6M PDF 
> file):
> http://repositories.cdlib.org/tlg/unicode/1/
> = http://tinyurl.com/2y6j7b
> > =======================================
> >
> > On Mon, 3 Sep 2007 03:55:22 -0500 Richard Ghilardi
> > <qodeshlayhvh at juno.com> writes:
> >> Hello Folks,
> >>
> >> My earlier attempt at using a UTF-8 font, Gentium, to represent
> >> Greek
> >> characters was a failure. So let me try again.
> >>
> >> eaVn mhV oJ kovkko" tou' sivtou peswVn ei" thVn gh'n apoqavnh/,
> >> autoV" movno" mevnei: eaVn deV apoqavnh/, poluVn karpoVn fevrei.
> ??? µ? ? ?????? t?? s?t?? pes??  
> e?? t?? ??? ?p?????, a?t?? µ????  
> µ??e?· ??? d? ?p?????, p????  
> ?a?p?? f??e?
> >>
> >> Yours in His grace,
> >>
> >> Richard Ghilardi - qodeshlayhvh at juno.com
> >> West Haven, Connecticut USA
> > ---
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> Carl W. Conrad
> Department of Classics, Washington University (Ret)

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