Re: Greek fonts and email

Jonathan Robie (
Tue, 14 Jan 1997 07:38:47 -0500

At 12:02 PM 1/13/97 -0800, Rod Bias wrote: >Jonathan Robie wrote: >> >> I think the best approach is to agree on a font which is available for both >> Windows and Mac, and which is freely available. So far, I know about two >> fonts that fit the bill: >> >> SGreek Fixed, available from >> SPIonic, available from > >~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ > > Isn't "Mounce" Free? > Doesn't it look better than either SGreek Fixed or SPIonic? > It works on both MAC and MS-DOS ... not requiring Windoz95! Frankly, I don't particulary *like* any of these three fonts. But all are much better than reading Greek in ASCII. However, Bill Mounce just mentioned that he is getting ready to release a new set of fonts, and I know that there is another set that should be released quite soon - but I can't say anything about it. The people doing it originally said I could spread the word, but then asked me not to, at least not by name. I'll report back as soon as I can. How many people out there use MS-DOS without Windows or Windows 95? I would like to receive email from anybody who is, since we need to take you into account. My own preference would be: 1. ASCII transliteration should always be accepted in whatever scheme people prefer 2. We could agree on a freely-available font, e.g. Symbol, for transliteration without accents. Anybody should be able to read that, with or without the font. I do like the parenthesis *before* the word for a rough breathing: En arxh hn (o logos 3. We need to decide if we want a font for full transliteration. If so, we can either choose from one of the above fonts, or wait for one of the two which will soon be released. *Any* scheme for full transliteration makes the ASCII harder to read, but it makes the Greek easier to read. David Moore's idea about a font that supports the scheme "we use on b-greek" is a good one if we can all agree to use this scheme - but note that his scheme uses the same transliteration that Sgreek and SPIonic use:

*gra/fwn ou(/tws, a)naginw/skein du/nantai pa/ntes.

We could just agree to use one of these fonts. Of course, I suspect that many of us would then start posting with all the accents if our Bible programs allow this, and that might be harder on the eyes of anybody who is just reading straight out of email without font support. Jonathan

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