Typing Ancient (Polytonic) Greek

What you get in the base state or pressing Shift

Below is a recipe (for Windows XP!) that does not involve downloading any new fonds, keyboard drives and so on.  I acquired this on a Greek course in Edinburgh and it works for me (using OpenOffice, though it is MS Word that is explicitly mentioned here).

In fact, the state of the art at present is probably the free kit from Tyndale House that also covers Biblical Hebrew (that is, with vowel pointing), but which does involve some downloading and installing.

Polytonic Unicode

1)  Installation of multilanguage support and keyboard layout for Greek

a) In the Windows XP standard Start menu, click Start, and then click Control Panel.

b) In the Windows XP classic Start menu, click Start, click Settings, and then click Control Panel.

c) Double-click Regional and Language Options.

d) Click the Languages tab, and then click Details under “Text Services and Input Languages”.

e) Click Add under “Installed Services”, and then click Greek Polytonic to add the keyboard layout for the language.

f) To configure the settings for the Language bar, click Language Bar under “Preferences”.

2) Typing Unicode Greek (Palatino Linotype in Word!)

Typing in Unicode Greek is complicated at first and you will need to consult the keyboard maps above and below for reference. Your speed will get quicker after a time. The advantage of Unicode is that you can enter in any combination required. NB: Ghost keys. When you first type in the accent combination you require nothing will appear on screen. This is because it is waiting for the vowel before it displays.

Also there are four kinds of input (that is, base state, with Shift depressed, with AltGr depressed, with Shift + AltGr depressed).

What you get with AltGr and with AltGr + Shift


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