Re: fonts - variety?

From: Maurice A. O'Sullivan (
Date: Tue Feb 16 1999 - 10:05:50 EST

At 12:14 15/02/99 -0800, you wrote:
My school is having trouble downloading assignments I e-mail by attachment
because (apparently) of a specific Greek font type used. Does a universal
Greek font set exist, or is this the solution?

Joe and Teresa:
There are two solutions to your problem, one elegant, the other for free (
assuming always that Windos users are involved )

The elegant one --- which costs only UKP 15.00 -- was posted to this list
by me only a month ago.
Here is an extract from the JACT Bulletin, September 1997
[ JACT = the Joint Association of Classical Teachers, a UK group that
produces, among other things, the excellent Reading Greek volumes; their
web-site is at:
and their strap-line proclaims "Greek and Latin aren't dead and buried yet"
Visit and enjoy"


Ancient Greek Word-processing in Microsoft Word

Aptly called Greek without Tears, this programme provides a scalable Greek
font with every
possible combination of breathings, iota subscripts and accentuation using
either the
standard keyboard by means of keyboard shortcuts (which can be customised
as you wish),
or a toolbar if you prefer to use a mouse. What happens in practice is that
you type a Greek
letter, then add breathings, accents and iota subscripts in that order.
Programmer Dr Flynn
has taken things a stage further than simple word processing, however. The
masculine and
feminine definite article forms are typed simply by using lower and upper
case v, for
example; numbers on the keyboard remain unaffected, so if you are compiling
a worksheet
involving numbered sentences you don't need to shuttle between your
standard font and the
Greek one; and if you are a touch typist Dr Flynn has incorporated some
editing shortcuts to
make life easier.

As aids to proof reading you can run three checks on the Greek you have
written. Selecting
the Breathings? button on the toolbar initiates a scan of the initial two
letters of each Greek
word and alerts you if it suspects a missing breathing mark. Selecting the
Sigmas? button
scans final sigmas and replaces any mistypes. And an Accents button checks
the text,
consulting an inbuilt list of common unaccented Greek words when it detects
an unaccented
word, and sounding an alarm if the word you have typed is not on this list.

Dr Flynn has also enlisted the help of Word's AutoText and AutoCorrect
features. About
250 common Greek words with a stable pattern of accentuation have been
incorporated into
AutoText, enabling the user to type in the word, then, by pressing 7A,
inserting that word's accents. You can customise this to your own
AutoCorrect takes this one step further, inserting accents automatically as
you type. The
manual, a model of clarity, helpfulness and honesty, explains in full
detail, and warns about
possible pitfalls.

This has already proved for me an indispensable tool. It is available for
15.00, to include
disc, comprehensive manual and after-sales telephone support, from Dr
Dennis Flynn,
Orchard House, Church Lane, Wendlebury, Bicester, Oxon, OX6 8PN (tel: 01869

The free one is available from the SBL web-site, where the Greek font is
SPIONIC, the Hebrew one SPTiberian, and
various other ones.

To d/l SPIONIC.TTF go to:

Don't forget to d/l also:

This will provide the keyboard mapping for the font.

Issue it to all members of your group, use it yourself, and that should
solve your problem.

Feel free to contact me if you run into any difficulties.


Dr. Flynn's e-mail address is:
 Dennis Flynn <>

Maurice A. O'Sullivan
[Bray, Ireland]

" To bury oneself in a Greek lexicon is to rise with Christ "
--- Sir Edwyn C. Hoskyns, Bart.

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