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Unicode Polytonic Greek Keyboard Map

Here are instructions for typing in Unicode Polytonic Greek. This will enable you to create Greek documents, web sites, and emails which most current browsers will display properly. It also will allow you to change Unicode fonts without any confusion of characters.

1. Installation of Greek language and keyboard
2. Typing in Unicode Greek

1. Installation of mutlilanguage support and keyboard layout for Greek

Windows XP-

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

    In the Windows XP classic Start menu, click Start, click Settings, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Regional and Language Options.
  3. Click the Languages tab, and then click Details under "Text Services and Input Languages".
  4. Click Add under "Installed Services", and then click Greek Polytonic to add and the keyboard layout for the language.
  5. To configure the settings for the Language bar, click Language Bar under "Preferences".

Windows 2000 -

  1. Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Regional Settings.
  3. Click the General tab, click to select the check box next to the appropriate language group you wish to install, and then click Apply. The system will either prompt for a Windows 2000 CD-ROM or access the system files across the network. Once the language is installed, Windows 2000 will prompt you to restart the computer.
  4. Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
  5. Double-click Regional Settings.
  6. Click the Input Locales tab.
  7. In the Input Locales box, click the Greek language, and then click Properties.
  8. In the Keyboard Layout box, click the Greek keyboard layout, click OK, and then click OK.

Windows NT - You can add, enable, and configure support for multiple languages using the Regional Settings tool in Control Panel. You can also add some languages that are not listed in the Regional Settings tool from the Windows CD-ROM. Be sure that you have all of the updates installed for Windows NT. The additional language support for text display and text input can be included when you create an IEAK package for Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition, and Windows NT clients. This occurs in "Stage 2 - Automatic Version Synchronization" of the IEAK Customization Wizard.

  1. In the Langpack folder on the Windows NT 4.0 CD-ROM right-click Greek.inf, and then click Install. NOTE: Some languages require files from the I386 folder as well as the Langpack folder. If you are prompted for the location of a file that is not in the Langpack folder, specify the I386 folder and then return to the Langpack folder the next time you are prompted for a file.
  2. Restart your computer.
  3. Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
  4. On the Regional Settings tab, click the appropriate language, and then click Apply.
  5. Click the Input Locales tab.
  6. In the Input Locales box, click the Greek language, and then click Properties.
  7. In the Keyboard Layout box, click the Greek keyboard layout, click OK, and then click OK.

2. Typing in Unicode Greek

After adding Greek to your operating system and installing the keyboard you are ready to start typing in Greek Polytonic Unicode. Note: Always make sure that your font is a font that supports polytonic Greek Unicode characters. If you are sending an email or publishing on the web, the most widely available polytonic Greek Unicode font is Palatino Linotype. Remember if you send an email or write a web page with a font that their viewer doesn't have, it won't display properly. Hear a couple ways of typing in Greek polytonic Unicode.

Microsoft Polytonic Greek Keyboard -
This is keyboard is awkward to use, but it works in most applications, especially microsoft programs. It doesn't work in Word Perfect 10 and has issues in Adobe applications. To do this click on the "EN" in your bottom tool bar and switch your keyboard to "EL" (Greek). Often times ALT-SHIFT is a default hot key combination to do this. Now you should be typing in Greek according to this keyboard map.

Another Option (Keyman Greek Keyboard):

There is a free-ware program that is easier to use. The Greek some of the characters seem to be in more logical locations and the accenting is far more intuitive. You type the accent or breathing after a vowel and only need to learn the location of five accent keys instead of fourteen (above). If you want a circumflex with a breather, click the circumflex key then the breathing key. You can watch the accented letter change before your eyes. If you click the wrong accent, simply click the proper one without having to delete. The accents change as you type them. This is very handy. In order to get a final sigma you have to download the Classical Greek keyboard by Mauel Lopez. The only problems that I have experienced is using with some non Microsoft programs like Word Perfect. Click here to go to the keyman site to download the program. This is the keyboard layout map for Keyman.

Other Options (Unitype):

This is a program for typing Unicode in Microsoft XP/2000 Software. There is a free demo available. Here is the link: http://www.unitype.com/

There is also a web page that allows one to type in Greek Unicode. You can right click on the page and click "view source". Then copy all and save it as an HTM page that you can run from your desktop rather than using it online. Here is the link: http://www.users.ox.ac.uk/~tay|0010/letters_caretpos2.htm

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