Re: Greek fonts and email

From: Jonathan Robie (
Date: Tue Jan 14 1997 - 07:38:47 EST

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

My own preference would be:

1. ASCII transliteration should always be accepted in whatever scheme people
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
<font face="Symbol" color="blue">
 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:
<font face="Sgreek Fixed" color="blue">
*gra/fwn ou(/tws, a)naginw/skein du/nantai pa/ntes.
<p>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 Robie
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