[sword-devel] Re: Greek accents

Troy A. Griffitts scribe at crosswire.org
Tue Apr 26 15:05:56 MST 2005

Awesome!  Thanks for all this info!  We've been throwing around ideas on 
our developers' forum.  I'll forward your findings.  Missed the 
screenshot, though.  Looking forward to spending some time together soon!


Christian Computer Art wrote:
> I've had a play with the Greek fonts. The problem is, as I suggested, that the unicode fonts given 
> free with Windows are not good enough. The best one is Arial, which your style sheet encourages 
> Windows to use. But even Arial is no good at the more complex combinations of breathings and 
> accents, which are quite common in accented NTs. Modern Greek doesn't bother with them, so Arial 
> doesn't bother. 
> You need to persuade people to get a 'scholarly' unicode font. I recommend the free Cardo font, 
> which has very good Hebrew as well as superlative Greek and all the rare medieval symbols found in 
> theological texts. The font style of the Latin part is very similar to Times, and the Greek is a 
> good compromise between being simple enough to look good on the screen and fancy enough to look 
> good on paper. 
> The only free font which is better is TITUS, which has Syriac as well as Hebrew and Greek. But each 
> user has to sign a personal declaration, so you can't just put the font on your web page, ready for 
> download. 
> The Cardo font is available from David Perry's site, but I would recommend that they download it as 
> part of the Tyndale Unicode Font Kit, which includes keyboards and an installation program 
> - see http://www.tyndale.cam.ac.uk/Tyndale/Fonts.htm
> That will give them an easy way to write Hebrew & Greek, as well as read your web pages. 
> Change the style sheet to read: 
> font-family: Cardo,"Trebuchet MS", verdana, lucida, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; 
> You also need to tell them to make the Browser use Cardo. For IE6: 
> Click on "Tools", "Internet Options", "Fonts"
> For the Language Script "Latin based" set the "Web page font" to "Cardo"
> I attach a screenshot. I made it by copying the source of a page and inserting the font-family 
> line. 
> It also works wonders for your Hebrew, which looks OK but ugly with Windows fonts. 
> David
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