[texhax] GFS Porson polytonic keymap?

Peter King peter.king at utoronto.ca
Wed May 6 22:03:44 CEST 2009

On Wed, May 06, 2009 at 04:29:31PM +0200, Yannis Haralambous wrote:

> What you describe is a 7-bit input method for Greek, introduced in 1989 (?) 
> by dear Silvio Levy. Those romantic pre-Unicode days are far far away... 
> (together with our youth ;-)
> I would suggest you use XeTeX and input your text directly in UTF-8 using 
> one of the many keyboards available.

No doubt my youth is long gone. But one reason I've used TeX all these years
is that it is open, free, and stable. I can *still* run TeX on files I wrote
in the early 1980s and they are formatted just fine. Granted, the fonthandling
in plain TeX is clunky. But I wrote a set of clunky fonthandling macros that 
have worked well all these years, and I'm reluctant to go to something that is
not the clear successor to TeX, something I can count on for the next decade or
two. Things are still pretty unsettled in the font world for me to want to jump
to XeTeX, or Omega, or...

I can see the appeal. But plain TeX has served me well over the years, with
nothing but a simple command-line in front of me, and since I can get 95% of
what I need out of Porson in this setup, it seems as though it might just be
possible to get the last 5% too.

BTW: You get a circumflex in GFSPorson by preceding the vowel with "\~".

The only thing left to resolve in my obsolete 7-bit method is how to get the
breathing characters combined with the circumflex now. (They don't stack, not
a great decision.) So close...

Peter King			 	peter.king at utoronto.ca
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