>From: Sebastian Rahtz <[log in to unmask]>
>Elizabeth Solopova writes:
> > 1. Has anyone experience of using a data service to key-in ancient Greek
> > texts rather than undertaking it in-house? Are there any issues to be
> > especially aware of?
>well, the TLG was originally done by keyboarders in Asia, wasn't it?
Still is. Scanning is in all likelihood going to be too inaccurate to be of
> > 3. For delivery to the end-user (after processing the XML) we are
> > considering using some form of dynamic fonts to represent Greek on the
> > screen (or failing that, suggesting the download of a font like SPionic or
> > SGreek). Again, I would be interested in hearing of other mechanisms for
> > displaying ancient Greek via the Web, particularly solutions which are
> > server-side.
>I presume you have already looked at the Perseus pages on font
>display? I find them very helpful and comprehensive.
To quote the Modern Greek proverb, "If you praise not your house, it shall
fall and crush you." Something to be avoided, especially in California; so
I suggest you also have a look at the Fonts help page at our own web site
(http://www.tlg.uci.edu/~tlg/help/Help6.html). We translate Beta code to
these on the fly, like Perseus does.
Unicode fonts are bad news at the moment, since (a) most ones covering
Greek have poor screen hinting; (b) most browsers don't deal gracefully
with a glyph missing from its font repertoire; and of course (c) Only MacOS
X will do Unicode on Mac; and the browsers cheerfully translate Greek into
Symbol font (!) (Unix support, I hear, is similarly patchy.) That said,
with a heavy duty font like Arial or Code2000, you can get quite reasonable
results. Though I'd suggest you stick with precomposed characters in your
output, at least, for the next couple of years...
Sorry about the slightly off-topic...
Nick Nicholas [Stephen] King published _The Green Mile_ as
Associate Researcher the first serialized novel since the 1920s,
Thesaurus Linguae in a gesture that was meant to recall the
Graecae, University of serial work of Dickens. No doubt, King is the
California, Irvine Dickens this century deserves.
[log in to unmask] -- Richard von Busack, _Metro Santa Cruz_,
www.opoudjis.net Dec. 8-15 1999, p. 29.