[B-Greek] Greek keyboards

Curtis Hinson curtis at curtishinson.com
Mon Sep 3 20:45:52 EDT 2007

A resounding αμην (amen) to that.  It's pointless to invent new layouts 
when there's a perfectly good one built in that's an international 
standard, and works with polytonic.

Of course the scholarly world would be just fine to move away from 
polytonic in all areas, as Greeks themselves have gotten along just fine 
without it for most of their history.

Bless the Name
Curtis Hinson

Randall Buth wrote the following on 9/3/2007 1:07 PM:
> I saw some questions on fonts and keyboards.
> Life in Greek might be getting easier, and certainly more plugged in to the
> broader stream.
> May I suggest that people make a conscious decision to adopt the Greek
> national typewriter keyboard as the base for recommendations for the coming
> generation? It's kind of a no brainer. Students need to be given a
> touch-type standard. Keyboards should be evaluated for whether thay maintain
> contact with the Greek typwriter base, or not. I simply don't recommend or
> mention keyboards that are not based on the typewriter standard.
> I am aware that the XP Polytonic Greek version has slightly different accent
> strokes from the Mac X Greek polytonic version and that the XP is a tad
> cludgy for the accents, but both of them are based on the same typewriter
> keyboard layout alpha-wmega. I recommend learning to touch-type either. But
> I cannot recommend learning to touch-type "proprietary layout abc", no
> matter how close to "English" it might feel.
> Think:  what would a kid do in Athens for typing the ancient language? Yes,
> they still need to do homework in highschool on the classical language. If
> someone wants to invent a new layout, fine, they do that in English, too.
> But teachers should at least present the Greek typewriter standard as a
> first option or a base for Greek students.
> By the way, all the above applies to Hebrew, too. and Accordance now offers
> the Greek national keyboard (and have always offered the Israeli national
> keyboard) for those who have learned to touch type those languages. may they
> be many.
> Randall Buth

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