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Reading and writing in Greek ELOT-928 on a Mac
This page covers mainly MacOS systems. There are several resources on-line, but they are in Greece and communications are very slow with these sites. This is why copies of some of these resources are being offered through HR-Net.
 Reading ELOT928 in MacOS
Apple is using its own character set for displaying and printing Greek characters (ELOT 823). This variety in Greek sets caused incompatibility between different platforms and added problems in the use of Greek in WWW.
IBM-compatibles are more popular in Greece and Windows their is beloved platform. ELOT928, the Greek set used by Windows, is the first candidate for becoming a standard and the vast majority of Greek pages written in Greek are using it.
There was a need for Mac fonts able to decode and display ELOT928. True type fonts are the best candidates for conversion and 2 of the 3 fonts you will find in the packet presented are converted true type fonts originally created for Windows by Poyliadis associates corp. (HellasFun, HellasTimes)
The poor look of the converted fonts on MacOS systems was the reason for writing HellasHelvetica, a font based on the original MacOS font GrHelvetica with altered encoding following the ELOT928 protocol instead of the ELOT823.
Reading was the first necessary step taken to reach our aim, a complete package for Greek on Macs. To write ELOT928 what you need is the appropriate keyboard layout (driver) which teaches your system the ELOT928 encoding. The first functional version of this driver has been included in our package.
If ftp is not an option for you, you can receive it by e-mail by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org with no subject including only the command:
get thessaloniki elot928_mac.sit.hqx
From Greece you may want to use the special mailing form.
NOTE: In all cases you have to be able to debin-hex and decode the file. If you don't have the appropriate software to do the trick then download Stuffit Expander.
Installation and usage instructions for the fonts and the keyboard layout can also be found in the README file that is included in the package.
In order to write capital Greek ELOT928 letters you have to press the 'Option/alt' key and not the normal 'Shift' key. 'Caps lock' it's not working properly either.
Downloading the necessary fonts
Thus, once you install the
Note: ISO-8859-7 is the "proper" Greek encoding, as defined by the Greek Standards Organization (ELOT, hence ELOT928).
In order to avoid repeating this step every
time you start Netscape,
you should also select
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