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Unicode fonts for polytonic Greek


It looks like it is not an easy matter to see and write polytonic Greek on a PC.

For Windows 95/98 for instance, although a lot of polytonic fonts are available, two problems were (and continue to be) common: Firstly you must have installed a specific font in order to be able to see a particular document (the font in which the document has been encoded). Secondly you cannot convert from one font to another. If you try it you will get an unreadable text.
The reason for all the above is that a prescribed standard was not followed and each designer felt free to use his own encoding.

It seems that there is a solution: the fonts that use an encoding type according to the Unicode (ISO 10646-2) standard. This standard provides a lot of ranges (e.g Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Chinese and much more) and each character has a predefined position in each range. So if you have a Unicode font that supports Greek (as for example a lot of Microsoft fonts do) you will be able to convert your text to another font provided that it is also a Unicode one. Also it is easier to edit your text as the characters are not treated as "symbols" from your editor.

In order to be able to use Polytonic Greek using a Unicode font you need a font that supports the "Greek" and "Extended Greek" ranges. Today a couple of good "shareware" fonts are available.

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