[sword-devel] Re: Greek accents

Chris Little chrislit at crosswire.org
Fri Apr 29 00:17:31 MST 2005

You can change the default Greek font in FireFox (maybe Mozilla, 
Netscape, & Safari?) using the about:config screen. 
font.name.sans-serif.el is the attribute you would need to change. 
Changing it to Code2000 improved rendering of the decomposed version 
considerably, but there remain some errors.


Troy A. Griffitts wrote:
> 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!
>     -Troy.
> 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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