WP TypeGreek

WP TYPEGREEK

WP TypeGreek: Convert text from a standard keyboard into beautiful polytonic, Unicode-compliant Greek characters as you type.


Convert to Greek  

English-Greek Letter Characters

The English key in the top row will be automatically converted to the corresponding Greek character in the bottom row.

A B G D E Z H Q I K L M N C O P R S T U F X Y W
Α Β Γ Δ Ε Ζ Η Θ Ι Κ Λ Μ Ν Ξ Ο Π Ρ Σ Τ Υ Φ Χ Ψ Ω
a b g d e z h q i k l m n c o p r s t u f x y w
α β γ δ ε ζ η θ ι κ λ μ ν ξ ο π ρ σ τ υ φ χ ψ ω

English-Greek Special Characters

To insert an accent, breathing, or iota subscript, type one of these English keys after a vowel. For a combination character, such as ὅ or ᾖ, type all desired keys after the vowel, in any order. Note that the grave accent and the iota subscript can be inserted by more than one English key.

a/ a\ a& a` a= a) a( a| a! i+ W( W(/ h=|)
ϊ

English-Greek Punctuation Characters

English punctuation marks will be automatically converted to the equivalent Greek punctuan marks.

a. a, a? a; a: a@
α. α, α; α· α· α̣

English-Greek Unexpected and Unused Characters

Both lowercase "s" and "j" will be converted to internal sigma (σ) when followed by another letter. Both are automatically converted to final sigma (ς) when followed by a space, carriage return, or punctuation mark. "v" is unused, and produces a non-Greek character.

s or j S or J  v   V 
σ or ς Σ  ϝ   Ϝ 

Unchanged Keys

The following keys produce the same chaacters whether Convert to Greek is checked or not:
~ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 # $ % ^ * - _ ' " [ ] { } , . < >

Who Needs This?

  • TypeGreek is designed for people who want to write classical, Biblical, or patristic Greek characters (e.g., Homer and Plato, New Testament and Septuagint, or Irenaeus, Origen, and John Chrysostom).

Minimum Requirements

  • Javascript must be enabled on your bowser for WP TypeGreek to convert text as you type and for many other features.
  • Works best with Internet Explorer 7+, Firefox 4.0+, Opera 11.0+, SeaMonkey 2+, Safari, Google Chrome, and Comodo Dragon. Some or all features may not work correctly on older browsers. It has not yet been tested on other browsers.
  • Works best with a screen resolution of 1024x768 or more (may work with smaller screen sizes, but some panes, such as the alphabet key, may not display correctly). It has not yet been tested on phones and tablets.
  • WP TypeGreek was created and tested using WordPress 3.3.1. It has not yet tested on older versions. It is highly recommended that you upgrade if you experience problems using this plugin.

Using the WP TypeGreek Textbox

  • Click the "Textbox" tab to display the form where you can atomatically convert standard English characters to polytonic, Unicode-compliant Greek characters.
  • Cut and paste the Greek you type text into any word processor or text editor that supports Unicode, such as Microsoft Word, LibreOffice Writer, and Notepad++.
  • The Greek characters can also be placed directly in web pages with the UTF-8 encoding and Unicode fonts, such as New Athena Unicode, Palatino Linotype, Arial Unicode MS, and the Google Web Fonts used here. Many modern fonts support Unicode Greek characters, so just try one you like and see.
  • The textbox can contain both Greek and English characters at the same time, depending on whether the Convert to Greek box is checked when text is entered.
  • Please note that, unlike a word processor, the font selected in the dropdown box affects all the text in the WP TypeGreek textbox, not just selected words or lines.
  • Reloading or refreshing the page will clear the textbox (except in some cases in Firefox) and revert to the default font. Using the "Clear Textbox" button will delete all the text in the textbox, but will not change the selected font.

Fonts

  • Eight of the ten fonts in the dropdown select box are the ones that support the extended Greek character set from Google Web Fonts. Two more have web font kits included with the plugin.
  • Since the TypeGreek form on this site uses web fonts to display Greek text, there is no need to download or install special fonts on your local computer.
  • The default font is Didact Gothic, a sans-serif font with a half-circle circumflex accent.
  • Didact Gothic and the two Ubuntu font variants have half-circle circumflex accents (῀), while the rest have curly ones.
  • Cardo, Caudex, and Old Standard are serif fonts, the rest are sans-serif.
  • Anonymous Pro and Ubuntu Mono are monospace fonts, the rest are proportional.

How to Convert Special Characters

  • Click the Alphabet Key tab to display a chart of English-Greek characters, including letters, special characters, and punctuation.
  • Unlike beta code Greek layouts, breathings, accents, and the iota subscript are inserted by pressing the specified key after a vowel.
  • More than one special character can be entered after a vowel, in any order, such as "w(!=" or "w=!(" for "ᾧ".
  • English punctuation marks are automatically converted to the corresponding Greek punctuation makrs.
  • Both the "s" and "j" keys will convert to the Greek letter sigma ("Σ", "σ" or "ς").
  • Lowercase internal sigma ("σ") automatically converts to final sigma ("ς") when followed by a space, carriage return, or punctuation mark.
  • The "v" key is unused, and will produce a non-Greek character ("ϝ").

Copyright and License

Randy Hoyt created TypeGreek.js and released it under the Creative Commons license. Randy has more information and the original TypeGreek form at his site, TypeGreek.com.

The form here is displayed using the WP TypeGreek plugin for WordPress, created by Don H. Morris and also released under the Creative Commons license.

Acknowledgments

This plugin uses 8 of the 11 fonts that support the extended Greek character set from Google Web Fonts and allows the user to switch between them. Three fonts were excluded because they did not convert the sigma character with this software or were similar to tohers. It also comes with two web fonts, New Athena Unicode and Old Standard TT.

This plugin uses the jQuery library, the jQuery UI Tabs plugin, and code snippets to select fonts in a dropdown box from the StackOverflow forum.

And a special word of thanks to the WordPress team for providing such a useful and extensible publishing framework.

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