Eureka wrote:Surely, if we can all install SPIONIC, then we could all install Gentium instead (it has all the accent markers).
Then all we’d need is for the font to be added to TextKit…
Unless I am sorely mistaken - always a possibility - it's not that simple. The 'beauty' of SPIONIC is that it knows how to convert betacode (or nearly betacode) to the appropriate greek glyphs. That is, anyone using an ASCII text editor can create greek glyphs.
There is no such capability in the several Unicode fonts, e.g. Gentium. Gentium can properly show the glyph 'greek small alpha plus oxia' in response to the character 8049, but it can't convert the two
ASCII characters a/ to the same glyph.
Try it yourself. Create a syntactically correct HTML file with this SPAN tag in the BODY:
Open it in, say, IE. You should see alpha with an acute accent. Now change the tag to this:
and reload the web page. You should see 'a/'.
In fine, not only is it a matter of having the right font, but of being able to generate the proper characters. NB: 'character' does not mean 'glyph'; it means the underlying numeric value which is mapped to a glyph by a font.