Windows Keyboards for Ancient Languages

Logos Bible Software version 3 introduced new keyboards for Greek, Hebrew and Syriac that are designed for easy entry of the ancient languages on an English/Roman keyboard. We’ve also created identical duplicates of the Logos keyboards that can be installed as standard Windows keyboards for Windows 2000 and XP users. This means that you can use the same keyboards in Libronix DLS that you use in Microsoft Word or any other Unicode compliant application!
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2 Responses to “Windows Keyboards for Ancient Languages”

  1. Scott Stocking August 4, 2006 at 6:33 am #

    I installed both Hebrew and Greek on my XP system and I haven’t had any problems with it yet. I can even use it in forums that have limited font sets (?????, ??????), although I’m told the Firefox browser places the Hebrew vowel points between the letters, not under them. Is there a keyboard application for the Greek Extended subset, the characters that already have all the accents and breathing marks applied?

  2. Vincent Setterholm August 4, 2006 at 10:53 am #

    I don’t have Firefox, but I know IE lets you pick different fonts for different languages. The problem you describe sounds like it may be as simple as setting your Hebrew font in Firefox to something like SBL Hebrew. However, I don’t know what Firefox uses to render Unicode, so if SBL Hebrew doesn’t look good, then Firefox isn’t supporting all the features of the font. On the Greek side of things, Microsoft performs all the character conversions from the ‘decomposed’ characters to the composed forms on the extended page. And since you only need to know where 9 characters are to create all the extended forms (7 if you’re not worried about macrons or breves), most people will find this much more efficient than learning the myriad of keys required to input composed forms. If you really want to learn how to input Greek using composed forms, then the Microsoft Polytonic Greek keyboard is the way to go. It requires more keystrokes and more memorization, but you’ll get directly to all the extended forms. (There is an error logged with Microsoft about the omega+iota subscript not substituting correctly when no other marks are present, so that combination is often not centered properly, but I trust this will be fixed in a future release of Uniscribe).