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33 To have Greek characters in my computer - Atari




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This article is from the Greece FAQ, by Nikolaos (Nick) C. Fotis, nfotis@theseas.ntua.gr with numerous contributions by others.

33 To have Greek characters in my computer - Atari


[ From: likos@clinet.fi (Johannis Likos) ]

[ For further details about Greek on Atari or about
'Human Aided Machine Translation' (computerized translation
of documents [ASCII text files] from/to Greek to/from other
European languages), contact him at the address:

Johannis Likos
Rusthollarintie 13 F 46
FIN-00910 Helsinki
Finland ]

A. Keyboard Layout
------------------

GREEK20B.ACC
Accessory made by Gizis & Statharas for all
Ataris with TOS 1.4 and can be purchased from the
'Atari Club' in Athina/Pireas or from 'Soft Support' in
Thessaloniki.
This Accessory emulates somehow Greek typewriter by using
SHIFT, ALTERNATE and CONTROL keys in various combinations
in order to switch between Latin and Greek characters.
Additionally accented (tonoumena) and/or umlauted (dialytika)
small and capital characters are supported.
It is not recommended for MultiTOS and/or Falcon030.
Use only G+Plus as GDOS driver.

FSWITCH 2.0
Accessory distributed by 'The ST Club' in UK is
made for Ataris with TOS 1.4 and it supports even oriental
Keyboards (writing from right to left).
It is very useful for companies in Greece and Cyprus, which
are making business with the Arab world in North Africa and
in Middle East.
The Greek keyboard file for FSWITCH 2.0 you can get either
from me (likos@clinet.fi) or you edit it yourself.
By using key combinations (ALT, SHIFT, etc.) can be switched
between Greek, Latin and Arab (also Persian and Hebrew).
It is not recommended for MultiTOS and/or Falcon030.

HARLEKIN 3.0
Accessory distributed by 'Maxon GmbH' in Germany
and the latest release is made for all TOS versions.
So far it uses only UNSHIFTED, SHIFTED and CAPS LOCK and
therefore it doesn't conflict with MultiTOS and/or AES 4.0
and many various keyboard modules can be re-loaded.
The Greek keyboard module for HARLEKIN 3.0 you can get
either from me (likos@clinet.fi) or you edit it yourself.

B. Screen Fonts
---------------

GREEK20B.ACC
Accessory made by Gizis & Statharas for all
Ataris with TOS 1.4 and can be purchased from the
'Atari Club' in Athina/Pireas or from 'Soft Support' in
Thessaloniki.
This Accessory includes 6x6 icon fonts 8x8 screen fonts
for ST colour (color) resolutions and 8x16 screen fonts
for ST monochrome resolution with 8-bit Greek IBM characters.
It is not recommended for MultiTOS and/or Falcon030.
Use only G+Plus as GDOS driver.

FSWITCH 2.0
Accessory distributed by 'The ST Club' in UK is
made for Ataris with TOS 1.4 preferrably in monochrome mode.
The Greek screen font files for FSWITCH 2.0 you can get
either from me (likos@clinet.fi) or you edit them yourself.
It is not recommended for MultiTOS and/or Falcon030.

HARLEKIN 3.0
Accessory distributed by 'Maxon GmbH' in Germany
and the latest release is made for all TOS versions.
The Greek screen fonts module for HARLEKIN 3.0 you can get
either from me (likos@clinet.fi) or you edit it yourself.

MultiTOS 1.0
(MiNT & Multitasking AES 4.x) can use alternative
Greek screen fonts in GDOS format by defining the AE_FONTID
in the GEM.CNF file.

SIGNUM 3.0
Application, distributed by 'Application Systems
Heidelberg GmbH' in Germany contains an application-specific
Classic Greek (APXAIA) font set for Theology students.

CALAMUS N/S/SL
Greek (PKS) Editor window (8x16 pixel).
For further details, please, contact me (likos@clinet.fi).

C. Printer Fonts (HP-DeskJet/LaserJet/PaintJet, SLM-406/605/804)
----------------

Diablo630 bitmapped GDOS fonts for Greek 8-bit ASCII text
only for Atari laser printers with DMA port, such as SLM804.

FontGDOS
bitmapped GDOS fonts for Greek GEM-Metafile output.

G+Plus
is the only FontGDOS compatible driver, which works
propperly with GREEK20B.ACC, because FontGDOS, SpeedoGDOS
or AMCGDOS with GREEK20B.ACC will cause boot problems.

SIGNUM 3.0
Application, distributed by 'Application Systems
Heidelberg GmbH' in Germany, contains an application-specific
Classic Greek (polytonic) font upto 300/360 dpi in a special
font library collection (maybe PD or shareware?!).

CALAMUS N/S/SL
has more than five application-specific
Greek (monotonic) font families with upto 2540 dpi output
resolution on phototypesetters (Linotronic, etc.).
I have some self-made, if you need then contact me
(likos@clinet.fi).

PageStream 2.2
uses Adobe Type 1 font technology and all you
need are the AFM and BFM files for the 7-bit Symbol font set
with math symbols and Greek characters in Times/Roman style.

SpeedoGDOS
uses Bitstream FaceLift font technology and all
you need is the SPD file for the 7-bit Symbol font set with
math symbols and Greek characters in Swiss/Helvetica style.
It is so far the best Scalable Font Technology on Atari
comparable to TrueType on Windows.
Any text size in a GEM-Metafile can be displayed on screen
or printed on paper.

MultiTeX 5.1
on Atari is using only the standard Greek
characters as math symbols but not as plain text.
The problem of accents, spirits, hyphenation and other
Greek language-specific topics are still unsolved.
So, if someone has any solution for modern Greek (monotonic)
or even ancient Greek (polytonic) on other platforms, please,
contact me (likos@clinet.fi), to find out how much work is
to be done for porting it to Atari's TeX environment.

D. Font Editors
---------------

FontKitPlus 3.4
distributed by 'The ST Club' in UK, offers
the possibility to edit screen fonts and printer fonts.
It contains many features, such as re-scaling of bitmapped
fonts for other output devices.
The resulting screen fonts can be used either with FSWITCH
or with MultiTOS or with other GDOS conform applications.

METAFONT
for Atari's TeX (MultiTeX 5.1)

SIGNUM 3.0
Application, distributed by 'Application Systems
Heidelberg GmbH' in Germany, contains an application-specific
font en bitmapped font style
for screen and printer devices.

DMC
TypeArt/FontEdit and Didot Accessory for creating
application-specific scalable fonts for CALAMUS N/S/SL.

[ Attention:
Some of the above mentioned products concerning Greek and Atari
are either commercial or authorware or shareware or public
domain or protected by other copyright or copyleft agreements. ]

 

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