[texhax] GFS Porson polytonic keymap?

Erik Norvelle signups2 at norvelle.org
Thu May 7 00:42:42 CEST 2009

Greetings Peter,

I agree with Yannis, in that XeTeX is far more likely to allow you to  
work with polytonic Greek in a straightforward fashion.  My experience  
using 7-bit workarounds is that a) it's a pain to type, b) it's easy  
to make mistakes and c) it can be quite difficult to read the  
resulting text when you come back to it later.  Given that XeTeX  
allows you to directly enter UTF-8 text, it would be a way to solve  
all three of these problems.

You mentioned that you've got a legacy issue that prevents you from  
moving to XeTeX, in that you have built a large collection of macros  
that you depend on extensively.  My impression has been that XeTeX (as  
opposed to XeLaTeX) strives to be a drop-in replacement for (plain)  
TeX.  If that were so, you *ought* to be able to use the majority of  
your macros directly, or with a certain minimum amount of porting.   
However, I am a newcomer to the TeX universe, and could easily be off  


On May 7, 2009, at 12:29 AM, Peter King wrote:

> On Wed, May 06, 2009 at 03:09:09PM +0200, Erik Norvelle wrote:
>> It may be that the codes for GFS Porson are like those for the  
>> Teubner
>> package, which is what I used prior to switching to Unicode Porson.
>> The manual for Teubner is here:
>> http://www.ctan.org/get/macros/latex/contrib/teubner/teubner-doc.pdf
> The manual suggests a LaTeX macro for entering rough/smooth  
> breathing on
> the circumflex. It doesn't seem to work in GFS Porson -- there isn't  
> any
> macro defined in porson.fd or porson.sty to do the work that's done in
> Teubner.
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