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Unicode Polytonic Greek
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Version 0.9.7


Palatino Linotype

  • Authors: Monotype Typography.
  • Publisher: Microsoft and Monotype Typography
  • Commercial: available with Windows 2000, Windows XP (Professional; Home?)
  • Copyright 2000 Monotype Typography, Inc. All rights reserved.
  • Works with: Precomposed characters only
  • Unicode Ranges: All, including Han ideographs, with OpenType features allowing CJK variants
  • Description from Font Properties:

    Palatino Linotype is the definitive new version of Hermann Zapfs Palatino, which since its design in 1950 has become one of the world's most widely used typefaces. For this new digital version, Professor Zapf has drawn numerous additional characters to include an extensive range of ligatures, numerals, fractions and support for Cyrillic and both monotonic and polytonic Greek. Special care has been taken to enhance the quality of the letterforms when displayed on the computer screen, ensuring that Palatino Linotype is highly legible whether displayed on the screen or in print. This typeface is ideal for use in extended text settings such as books, periodicals and catalogs.

    Unicode Ranges

    Basic Latin Latin-1 Supplement Latin Extended A Greek Reserved formerly Greek Symbols and Coptic Cyrllic Latin Extended Additional Greek Extended General Punctuation Superscripts and Subscripts Currency Symbols Number Forms Alphabetic Presentation Forms

    Non-Unicode Information: Code Page 1252: Latin 1 Code Page 1250: Latin 2: East Europe Code Page 1251: Cyrillic Code Page 1253: Greek Code Page 1254: Turkish Code Page 1257: Windows Baltic Code Page 1258: Vietnamese MacRoman

    Copyright Statement:

    Copyright 1981-1983, 1989, 1993, 1998 Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. All rights reserved. The digitally encoded machine readable outline data for producing the Typefaces licensed are the property of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG and/or its subsidiaries, represented by Linotype Library GmbH, Dupont Strasse 1, 61352 Bad Homburg Germany. Portions 1996-1998 Microsoft Corporation. All Rights Reserved.


    Palatino Linotype is a new Open Type-format True Type font from Monotype and Microsoft, which is currently available only as part of the installation of the Windows 2000 or Windows XP. The font is based upon Hermann Zapf's now-classic Palatino font, originally designed for the Linotype type library in 1950.

    For European languages, Palatino Linotype provides an analog to the functionality of Arial Unicode MS in a serif font. Unlike Arial Unicode MS, Palatino Linotype does not provide support for Hebrew, Asian, or Indic character ranges.


    Letter Forms

    It is a very nice font (if too round for some tastes), very light and readable in both Latin and Greek.



    There are serious flaws with the implementation of combining diacriticals. The combining aspirates, iota subscripts, and circumflexes all display as artifact characters; and the placement of the acutes and graves is messier than in Arial Unicode MS).

    The rho with rough aspirate actually has a smooth breathing glyph. Though the capital rho with rough breathing actually has a smooth breathing (psili) in this font, one should nevertheless use that character even with the Palatino font when a capital rho with rough breathing is required, as it is correct in all other Unicode fonts.

    Jeffrey Rusten reviewed a preview version of the font in the Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR) in 1998 ( Gopher version, HTML version with illustrations).


    The rho flaw was first reported by Ralph Hancock on the Classics List, and by Tom Elliot to the Markup list.

     Unicode Polytonic Greek for the World Wide Web Version 0.9.7
     Copyright © 1998-2002 Patrick Rourke. All rights reserved.
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