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Postby klewlis » Thu Jan 08, 2004 4:10 am

I'm looking for a cool greek font for a particular purpose, and want to check out as many as possible. I already have the following fonts:

Spionic (of course)
GraecaII
PYLH

and possibly a couple of other common ones on my other computer.

What else does everyone suggest? Free or really cheap is best. I'd kinda like one that is a little scripty, like handwriting. Ideas?
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Postby Jeff Tirey » Thu Jan 08, 2004 4:29 am

Hi Klewlis,

This is a pretty good list.

http://perswww.kuleuven.ac.be/~u0013314/greekg/fonts.htm

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Postby klewlis » Thu Jan 08, 2004 4:53 am

I did find that one through google just now, and am in the process of trying some of them out. it's great fun! :)
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Postby benissimus » Thu Jan 08, 2004 4:59 am

Be careful or you'll end up like me. When I pick a font for something, the drop-down menu is so fool of unknown fonts I have to look really carefully for a font that is actually normal or compatible for other people :roll:
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Postby klewlis » Thu Jan 08, 2004 5:02 am

benissimus wrote:Be careful or you'll end up like me. When I pick a font for something, the drop-down menu is so fool of unknown fonts I have to look really carefully for a font that is actually normal or compatible for other people :roll:


this doesn't need to be compatible for anyone but me... i'm making an image out of it. :)
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Postby benissimus » Thu Jan 08, 2004 5:06 am

Yeah, but they stay in there... :P
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Postby Ptolemaios » Thu Jan 08, 2004 9:33 am

I don't know if this suits your purposes, but my personal favorite is Gentium (from http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&item_id=Gentium). Both the Roman and the Greek alphabets look quite nice. They're rather similar too, so a page with both Greek and Roman text is still readable.

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Postby klewlis » Thu Jan 08, 2004 4:28 pm

oh, i like that one, especially the epsilon.

at the end of this i will create an image that shows all the different fonts i've tried so you can all see them. :)

however, i still can't find something very scripty. i may have to do it by hand to get what i want....
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Postby mingshey » Fri Jan 09, 2004 12:46 am

You want something done, do it yourself! (quoted from The Fifth Element)

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Postby Emma_85 » Wed Jan 14, 2004 1:03 pm

How can I make my own fonts? Sounds fun :D
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Compatibility in Unicode

Postby Geoff » Wed Jan 14, 2004 11:43 pm

What is an extremely compatible greek font in Unicode?

I use the Keyman from tavultsoft and haven't quite figured out how to get certain characters yet such as iota subscritpt. Is there a universal key map for these things or does each maker determine which key does what?

I confess I'm a font nitwit. :?
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Re: Compatibility in Unicode

Postby mingshey » Thu Jan 15, 2004 12:23 am

Geoff wrote:What is an extremely compatible greek font in Unicode?

I use the Keyman from tavultsoft and haven't quite figured out how to get certain characters yet such as iota subscritpt. Is there a universal key map for these things or does each maker determine which key does what?

I confess I'm a font nitwit. :?


I find Palatino Linotype and TITUS Cyberbit Basic has well designed greek letters, not to say the Latin letters. I also installed Keyman and the most thing I hate about it is it doesn't support Uppercase digamma, nor sampi and qoppa in both cases. And the reason they don't is "because they take precious keyboard space", when they are mapping a few characters on more than one key each!. :evil: :shock: Ah, you can type iota cubscript with '|' ("vertical bar" key). It's quite similar to beta code, except that breaths are on '[' and ']' instead of '(' and ')'.
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Re: Compatibility in Unicode

Postby mingshey » Thu Jan 15, 2004 12:23 am

-- this is an error, please delete it, William :D --
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Thank you

Postby Geoff » Thu Jan 15, 2004 8:00 pm

Thanks for the tips. I've used both Palatino and Galatia SIL before and like them. I especially like the one that ships with logos (BibliaLS) but its practically unusable if you want to share since so few people have it and there are copyright restrictions or something.

Titus Cyberbit is interesting, but not my kind of font. I have a New Testament with something similar to it and everytime I see those kappas my brain trys to figure out if its a chi or an aleph (hebrew-talk about a meltdown). I like the gentium font, but I don't think I could get used to using it (I like something with a bit more pronounced seriff).

I'm not the fount of font foolishness I first thought :lol: . I just had the wrong version (5.0) of keyman and the wrong keyboard-"polytonic" instead of "classical greek" That's why I couldn't get the iota subscript and several others (I was starting to wornder if a vertical bar in Korea was the same as here :oops: ).

I read a page that suggests the digamma is available by pressing alt-v with this keyboard (classical greek). I couldn't get it to work, but I'm not sure that I have it in these fonts.

I also read somewhere that Times new Roman supported polytonic greek in unicode, but I didn't get that to work either.
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Postby mingshey » Fri Jan 16, 2004 3:03 am

Where keyman fails to input certain obsolete characters like sampi and qoppa, or even digamma, you can use the Unicode Classical Greek Inputter site, though. -- try the "Greek Letters" button below the input window.
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Postby solitario » Fri Jan 16, 2004 4:41 am

Emma_85 wrote:How can I make my own fonts?
Macromedia Fontographer is the standard for font creation. I find it fun and frustrating at the same time.

For typing in Greek, I use SC UniPad, then convert to HTML code with a VB app I made.

Don't know if that helps.
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A New Favorite

Postby Geoff » Tue Jan 20, 2004 12:25 am

Porson is a beautiful Unicode Font for greek its not stiff like many of the cleaner fonts which are usually san seriff. Its bold and easy to read and seems to more closely match the orthography in newer textbooks.

http://users.ox.ac.uk/~ball0087/download/porson08.zip
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