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On Line Library of the Church of Greece

to read polytonic Greek...

1. you must use a browser that supports Multilingual UTF-8 encoding, like Internet Explorer 5 or Netscape 4, otherwise you will probably see strange characters (αποφθΞ) or question marks. 


2. Windows2000 supports Unicode polytonic Greek by default. 

If you use Windows 9x, you can download now for free the Athena Unicode font (134 KB).

Please read this page, if you are not familiar with installations, or -even better- download our setup utility (435 KB) which will install Athena to your system automatically. It is strongly recommended for unexperienced users to use this utility. 

* You can also see information on how to write in Unicode polytonic Greek using Windows and Word.


3. Try different encodings for the problematic page


Explorer users: right click on the page and browse to the "Encoding" option - available also from the "View" menu.


Changing the page encoding to Unicode UTF-8

Netscape users go to the "View" menu, browse to the "Character Set" option, and see if any of the various encodings fixes your problem. 




4. Check your internet options. You might have ordered your browser to ignore the formatting of the web sites you visit and always use a standard choice of yours:



- Note: Internet Explorer may have problems printing polytonic Greek. If you see question marks instead of accented characters, please copy the text and paste it to MS Word 97 or later, or to a similar, Unicode capable, word processor, like the later versions of WordPad, included in Windows accessories, or the free UniPad, to print it. You can find more free Unicode editors at this address. -This problem does not occur on Windows 2000 or NT. 


- Note 2 (Copying and pasting): When copying polytonic Greek texts from your browser to MS Word 97 or later, you might see question marks instead of accented characters. This is easily solved. You just have to select all the text and apply the Athena font, or whatever Unicode font containing polytonic Greek.


- Note 3: Macintosh users should check two things, 1) if their browser supports Unicode, 2) if there exist Apple compatible Unicode fonts supporting polytonic Greek. We are sorry we can't offer more help. Since Macintosh represents only 5% of the browser platforms [ See: The Engineering workstation labs at the University of Illinois - it summarizes browsers used by 222918 hosts in 146 countries, Browser Statistics, Access Watch ], we've chosen to build and test our pages on Windows machines. Please note these relevant pages: Mac OS 8.5: Unicode Support and Mac Unicode Utilities.





to read non-polytonic Greek, Russian, Romanian and any multilingual text...


you must follow the instructions above, but you don't necessarily need a polytonic Greek font. You should have basic Unicode Windows fonts installed in your computer.

Our pages use Times New Roman, but any Microsoft Unicode font containing the language you want to read is fine. Note: you might have Times New Roman on your computer, but an older version; please download this one before contacting us


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