[B-Greek] Fwd: Greek Accents

Randall Buth randallbuth at gmail.com
Sat May 23 23:52:44 EDT 2009

the following is forwarded for Nikolaos Adamou
He explains how to activate the Windows font.

Let me add that the Windows font is based on the Greek national
keyboard and is the layout that one will find on computers and
typewriters (do they still exist?) all over the world. In most languages
learners adopt the keyboard of the language that they learn.
Russsian is used for Russian, Arabic for Arabic, so why not Greek
for Greek? The proliferation of different non-Greek suggestions may
be symptomatic of treating the language as if it were not a real
language. I recommend adopting what the language community
has already adopted for 100 years.
And so, Nikolaos will explain how to install a Greek Greek keyboard:

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Nikolaos Adamou Ph.D. <nikolaos.adamou at gmail.com>
Date: Sun, May 24, 2009 at 12:43 AM
Subject: Fwd: [B-Greek] Greek Accents
To: Randall Buth <randallbuth at gmail.com>

I sent this to the list and did not get there.
Can you please forward this to the list?

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Nikolaos Adamou Ph.D. <nikolaos.adamou at gmail.com>
Date: Sat, May 23, 2009 at 1:12 PM
Subject: [B-Greek] Greek Accents
To: B-Greek B-Greek <b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org>, pk_ndrw at yahoo.co.uk

Two technical issues need to be addressed.
One is to have in your computer the Greek keyboard and then Greek font.
1. Go to your Control Panel, and select Regional and Language Options.
2. Go to Languages and click Details.
3. Add Greek Polytonic keyboard
4. with the Key Setting chose how you can move among languages in your
use of your keyboard.
5. Click OK and Apply in the open windows and you have a Greek
polytonic keyboard in use.

More detail explanations about keyboard can be found in:
which is the organization that promotes the use of polytonic Greek.

The second task is to select what kind of fonts you like and copy them
into the Fonts file that exists in your Control Panel.
In the:
you can find, observe and choose all the available Greek polytonic fonts.
A lot of them are FREE.  There are fonts for all computer systems.
Palatino Linotype (Windows 2000) Plain, Italic, Bold, Bold Italic
is a nice set, but the περισπωμένη (PERISPWMENH) circumflex looks like
the Spanish tilda.
Many Greek fonts are like this.  I prefer also those that use as a
symbol of circumflex the smooth up and down combination.
A good option for this may be
Segoe (Windows Vista) Plain, Italic, Bold, Bold Italic
Most of Greek publications were with fonts similar to
GFS Didot Plain, Italic, Bold, Bold Italic
GFS Didot Classic
Gazis in the 18th Century used fonts like
GFS Gazis
You may also use
Renaissance typeface with hundreds of ligatures. Design: Vernon E. Kooy

There are hundreds of Greek fonts many free and you can purchase any
of those you may want to.

The most important is that all these symbols although were invented as
we use them now
much later in Διονυσίου τοῦ Θραικὸς τέχνη γραμματική (DIONYSIOY TOU
is explicitly referenced the use of TONOS and STIGMH  as well as the
various aspects of reading.

Nikolaos Adamou, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Business Management

> From:  b-greek-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org on behalf of Sarah Madden (sarah.r.madden at gmail.com)
> Sent: Sat 5/23/09 9:57 AM
> To:   pk_ndrw at yahoo.co.uk
> Cc:   b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org
> You can download excellent fonts for free from BibleWorks.com. They're easy
> to use -- but you need to embed them in documents for others to be able to
> read them. You can add accents at will using the directions on the site. I
> can send you (offline) directions if it's hard to access on the site.
> Also -- I just purchased the BibleWorks version 8 software program, and the
> Bible text uses Palatino Linotype, which can be read even in e-mails, and
> seems to be universal. However, each letter is its own symbol (e.g., an
> alpha with a smooth breathing mark is one symbol, an alpha with a smooth
> breathing mark AND an acute accent is another symbol), so its benefit is for
> copying Bible text. The downloadable fonts, though, are great for typing --
> I've been using them for 10 years.

> Sarah
> From: pk_ndrw at yahoo.co.uk
> To: b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org
> Subject: [B-Greek] Greek Accents
> Hello Everybody,
> I was wondering if anyone could help me?
> I was wondering if there is a free software program available on the Internet that would allow me to type all forms of Greek with ‘Apostrophes, Coronis, Accents (acute, graves, circumflexes) and Diaeresis?’  Up until now I have been able to type Greek but not use any accents in my messages. The only way I can use accents is when writing or translating texts by hand on paper.
> At present I am using Windows XP and Yahoo mail to type in both Ancient (Classical and Koine) and Modern Greek, but I don’t have a program that will enable me to use ‘Accents’; so I would appreciate some help and advise please?
> From Andrew Pike
>  Date: Sat, 23 May 2009 13:27:35 +0000

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Nikolaos Adamou, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Business Management

Randall Buth, PhD
randallbuth at gmail.com
Biblical Language Center
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