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Unicode Polytonic Greek
for the World Wide Web

Version 0.9.7

D R A F T

Typing Greek Text with Notepad on Windows 2000 or Windows XP

The Notepad text editor is the default editor for text files in all version of Windows. It is a very simple program, providing nothing more than an editing window, and the ability to open and save files.

In Windows 2000 and Windows XP, the Notepad program has full Unicode capabilities, and can be used with the Windows XP system keyboards (like the polytonic Greek keyboard on the Windows CD) or with Tavultesoft Keyman keyboards (like David Perry's keyboard from the Fonts for Scholars site). Notepad will not work with Ralph Hancock's Antioch (but his Vusillus Old Face fonts will).

Here's a text typed in notepad using the polytonic Greek keyboard that comes with Windows XP:

ἄνδρα μοι ἔννεπε, μοῦσα, πολύτροπον, ὃς μάλα πολλὰ
πλάγχθη, ἐπεὶ Τροίης ἱερὸν πτολίεθρον ἔπερσεν:
πολλῶν δ' ἀνθρώπων ἴδεν ἄστεα καὶ νόον ἔγνω,
πολλὰ δ' ὅ γ' ἐν πόντῳ πάθεν ἄλγεα ὃν κατὰ θυμόν,
ἀρνύμενος ἥν τε ψυχὴν καὶ νόστον ἑταίρων.
ἀλλ' οὐδ' ὣς ἑτάρους ἐρρύσατο, ἱέμενός περ:
αὐτῶν γὰρ σφετέρῃσιν ἀτασθαλίῃσιν ὄλοντο,
νήπιοι, οἳ κατὰ βοῦς Ὑπερίονος Ἠελίοιο
ἤσθιον: αὐτὰρ ὁ τοῖσιν ἀφείλετο νόστιμον ἦμαρ.

Screenshot of Notepad from Windows XP showing Homer α 1-9 in the Palatino Linotype font at 18 pt
Figure 1. The Windows XP version of Notepad, showing Homer α 1-9 in the Palatino Linotype font at 18 pt.

You can download the sample file shown in the screen shot.

Four things to remember when using Notepad with Windows 2000 or Windows XP:

Screenshot of the Windows XP Notepad font selection window.
Figure 2. The Windows XP Notepad font selection window.

Screenshot of the Windows XP Notepad Save As window
Figure 3. the Windows XP Notepad "Save As" window.


For more information on using Windows Notepad, see:

 Unicode Polytonic Greek for the World Wide Web Version 0.9.7
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