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How to get Perseus to display fully accented Greek on your PC

The simplest way is to go to the Perseus site and bring up the "Configure Display" page. You can then select "SGreek" as your option, which means that you will always be able to have proper Greek when you access Perseus. HOWEVER this involves creating a cookie on your computer - which many users don't like. If you do not have cookies enabled, this is the answer:
  1. Download Shareware Font called SGREEK FIXED from Silver Mountain Software from here http://www.silvermnt.com/fonts.htm
  2. Unzip it and make sure it is installed in your fonts folder.
  3. Next time you start up your browser (before you connect) go to View : Options : General : Font Settings.
  4. Change setting for "Fixed width Font" to SGREEK FIXED.
  5. Connect to Perseus.
  6. Your browser will now display any fixed width text as Greek, so may want to change it back after you've finished your Perseus session. You can also use it in any WP program, as an alternative to a truetype Greek font - see below:

Easy way to type Greek on your PC

If you want an easy way to print Greek using Wordpad or any other WP program, go to Settings : Control panel : Keyboard : Language. Click on "add" and select Greek to be installed as your second language. A little EN will appear on your status bar, which will change to GR when you click on on it. Load WP and try it out - you can simply switch back and forth between English and Greek by toggling the icon.


A very acceptable way of communicating in fully accented Greek is to use Betatext in conjunction with DisplayGreek, a Java applet which converts a slightly non-standard version of betatext into "proper" Greek. The documentation, for example won't tell you how to do a rho with asper at the beginning of a word (* =).

Full Greek Font

An excellent public domain ancient Greek font with all accents and diacriticals can be downloaded free here. But it can't be used on the web unless your audience has the font installed: it can be coverted to an embedded font, though, which will mean at least some people will be able to view it. Details of font-embedding here.

Embedded fonts

This must be what everyone who's struggled with Greek on the web has dreamed of - the font is simply "embedded" in the document, and you can read it on any platform, with any browser. Not yet, though! MS have an imperfect system, which might just work for you. Details here.


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