[OS X TeX] using ancient Greek with iTeXMac

Adam Maxwell amaxwell at wsu.edu
Wed Apr 28 21:12:20 EDT 2004


On 27 Apr, 2004, at 13:13, Chris Lovell wrote:

> I'm new to TeX, and am trying to use it to generate documents with a 
> mixture of text in English and ancient (polytonic) Greek. It's not 
> working for me so far. Using the built-in editor, I created a short 
> test document:
> %!iTeXMac(charset):UTF-8
> \documentclass[11pt]{article}
> \usepackage[polutonikogreek,english]{babel}
> \usepackage[combine]{ucs}

Try \usepackage{ucs} without the [combine].

> [here I pasted in a bunch of UTF-8 Greek text I grabbed from the 
> Perseus Project, http://www.perseus.tufts.edu. It's with precombined 
> accents, if that matters.]

I used the same website and format, and a section of Plato's Republic 
typeset without errors using iTeXMac and gwTeX.  I don't know Greek, so 
my analysis of the result is that it must be okay if it looks 
more-or-less like the web page :).

You do need to use an editor font that has the Unicode characters you 
need (e.g. Lucida Grande).  Also, installing the kerkis font for TeX in 
~/Library/texmf will allow you to have Type 1 fonts which can actually 
be read on-screen.


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