[OS X TeX] Using LaTeX to write Greek and Arabic text

Salvatore Enrico Indiogine hindiogine at gmail.com
Tue Oct 21 15:11:19 EDT 2008


2008/10/21 David Derbes <loki at uchicago.edu>:
> \documentclass[10 pt]{letter}
> \usepackage[english,greek]{babel}
> \languageattribute{greek}{polutoniko} %this allows accents
> \usepackage{gfsporson}
> \begin{document}
> \selectlanguage{english}
> The root of the word ``physics" is the Greek word
> \selectlanguage{greek}\textporson{f'usis}\selectlanguage{english}
> (\emph{physis}), meaning ``nature''.
> \end{document}
> I am using the GFS Porson Greek font which I hope can be found at CTAN. Some
> years ago it was available at the Greek Font Society; a Greek mathematician
> very kindly provided versions that could be used with LaTeX.

It worked without any change.  I just saved and compiled it.  No problem.

> You don't need
> this;  it will work fine like this:
> \documentclass[10 pt]{letter}
> \usepackage[english,greek]{babel}
> \languageattribute{greek}{polutoniko}
> \begin{document}
> \selectlanguage{english}
> The root of the word ``physics" is the Greek word
> \selectlanguage{greek}f'usis\selectlanguage{english} (\emph{physis}),
> meaning ``nature''.
> \end{document}
> but the Greek characters are, in my opinion, not nearly so beautiful as the
> GFS Porson.

This also works out of the box.   The difference is that the first tex
code generates an uppercase phi, even though it has the same size as
the lowercase one.

The second tex code generates a lowercase phi.  I am not sure about
the aesthetics, however it seems to me that the accent is better
placed in the first example.

Thanks a lot!


Enrico Indiogine

Mathematics Education
Texas A&M University
Email: hindiogine at gmail.com
Skype: hindiogine

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