[quote author=William Annis link=board=2;threadid=50;start=0#255 date=1051217145]<br />[quote author=Lex link=board=2;threadid=50;start=0#254 date=1051211846]<br />Perhaps a moderator should choose a font that 1) looks good 2) handles all the little squiggly marks (accents, breathing marks, etc.) and 3) is available on many computer platforms, and declare that the conventional font for this board? <br />[/quote]<br /><br />There is no such thing that meets all 3 criteria. To my regular pain. I'm not aware of a single one that even meets point #3 which is the most important. <br />[/quote]<br /><br />Hmmmm.... darn. Yes, you're right, without cross-platform capability, a font is no good here. Well, it was just a thought. <br /><br />BetaCode is ASCII so it doesn't have that problem, but it's just too darn ugly, and not terribly mnemonic, either. <br /><br />I think J. Sebastian is probably onto a better scheme, but I think it might be easier to use an English-like phonetic spelling instead of trying to recreate Greek letters (e.g. 'th' instead of '8' for theta). (Of course, this might alienate those who aren't native speakers of English.)<br /><br />Something like this seems relatively unambiguous to me, although there may be a lot I'm missing, since I'm new at this:<br /><br />me-^nin a'eide thea` Pe-le-i:a'deo- Akhile-^os<br />oulome'ne-n he` muri" Akhaioi^s a'lge' e'the-ke,<br />polla`s d' iphthi'mous psukha`s Ai:di pro:'apsen<br />he-ro-'o-n, autou`s de` helo-'ria teu^khe ku'nessin<br />oio-noi^si' te pa^si, Dio`s d' etelei'eto boule-',<br />eks hou^ de-` ta` pro^ta diaste-'te-n eri'sante<br />Atrei:'de-s te a'naks andro-^n kai` di^os Akhilleu's.<br /><br />This is the first few line of the Illiad, obviously, taken from Perseus. The '-' indicates a long vowel, so 'e-' is an eta, the 'o-' an omega. The accents always come after the vowel in question, unlike in proper Greek where they come before majuscules. The ^ is a circumflex, the : is a sideways diaresis, the ' is an acute or apostrophe for elision, the ` is grave, the " is an acute followed by elision (looks better than two single quotes). I used 'h' as in 'he`' to indicate rough breathing, 'kh' for chi, 'ks' for xi (I think that using 'x' could be confusing; is it to be associated visually with chi or by the sound of its English name with the sound of xi?), 'th' for theta and 'ps' for psi. 'Z' could be used for zeta.<br /><br />Perhaps this can be tweaked some, and I'm certain I missed something and made a mistake or five in my first pass. Suggestions, anyone?
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