> Philippe Caquant wrote:
> >- when I look at Greek pages on the Web, I can only
> >see the initial form (with descender), but I don't
> >know how Greek people visualize it on their own
> >system. If I try to insert special characters in a
> >Word document, I also can see only the initial form:
> >shall I suppose that the font is customized for French
> >people ?
> I think that the one with a 'descender' is the form used in Modern
> Greek(when not capital).
I have a catalog from a now-defunct typefoundry in Athens,
Greece. It isn't dated, but appears to be from the 1970s.
Most of the showings are for fonts of display sizes of
Greek typefaces (in metal printing type).
Some fonts have the decender-beta, but most have the
other beta. It appears that the non-descender-beta is more
common. In most of those fonts, the lowercase theta has the
form of a mirror-image of the non-descender-beta. I have
scanned in a sample at
Notice the beta and theta at the end of the fifth line. These
forms are used in the majority of the fonts shown in the