This page provides direct and basic information for typing Greek (including accents, etc.) on your computer.

TYPE IN GREEK

Type Greek: Simplest is to go to this website: TypeGreek. However, this is not a direct method for your computer.

Greek Fonts: If you want to type in Greek on your computer, watch this video and follow directions:

EXTRA NOTES (in case you have questions)

Your best bet is to choose a standard system font like Calibri, Times New Roman, Tahoma, Arial, etc. These are both Polytonic and Unicode capable fonts (meaning that they will all type Greek and work across various computer platforms).

Q: Do I need to download Gentium Plus font?

A: It is not a requirement that you download the Gentium Plus font per se (as suggested by the video), but the Greek displays very nicely in that font. Any polytonic font will do (and most standard system fonts are polytonic). The problem with choosing Gentium Plus for a discussion board is that others might not have it, so that your text could end up looking different on someone else’s computer from what you want.

Q: What does “Polytonic” mean?

A: Of or using the Greek system of diacritics which employs the rough and smooth breathings and the grave, acute, and circumflex accents.

Q: What does “Unicode” mean?

A: An international encoding standard for use with different languages and scripts, by which each letter, digit, or symbol is assigned a unique numeric value that applies across different platforms and programs.

Q: How is one to know whether a font is Polytonic and Unicode capable?

A: Either by 1) looking it up, 2) changing a Greek-text sample to a standard unicode font (which is pretty much any standard font these days) and seeing if the Greek characters and marks maintain integrity, or 3) switching to a Greek keyboard map and trying to type Greek directly in the font in question. In case you are curious, this page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unicode_font) lists quite a number of Unicode fonts.

Q: What happens if I use a font on my system that another person does not have? Will it show up as Greek, or does the receiving computer just substitute another font?

A: With newer computers/software the answer is most likely yes, though overall it’s still safer to use a font that is known to handle polytonic Greek well and that everyone has, like Calibri, Times New Roman, Tahoma, Arial, etc.