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Installation and usage instructions for the hrnet X fonts

If you are on a Sun running OpenWindows and not X windows
you need different instructions

First you need to determine whether your screen resolution is closer to 75 dpi or to 100dpi. Then you should get the appropriate compressed fonts file, either for 75 dpi or for 100 dpi and place them in a directory such as ~/grfonts by first creating this directory with

 mkdir ~/grfonts
and then downloading one of the files.

Then you should go into that directory and uncompress the archive as follows:

 cd ~/grfonts
 gunzip hrgrXfonts-75dpi.tar.gz
 tar xf hrgrXfonts-75dpi.tar
Remember to change 75 to 100 in these commands if you have gotten the 100 dpi fonts!

Run the installation script by entering

If you get an error message about permissions, give the command
 chmod u+x ./install_fonts
and try again. If you don't get any error messages it means that installation was successful. If you get error messages try giving the commands in install_fonts one by one, substituting the full path to the fonts directory for `pwd` to see where the problem is If you have any problems, please read I still cannot read greek.

Once the installation is successfully completed you may erase the tar file to save space. You may also put the following two lines in your .xinitrc file so that the fonts will be available to you each time you enter the system:

 xset fp+ font-path
 xset fp rehash
Remember to substitute the full path name to your fonts directory for font-path. If you don't know what the full path name is you can find out by going into the directory (e.g., cd ~/grfonts) and giving the command pwd.

To make Netscape use the Greek fonts:

  • As of version 3.0b4, Netscape supports Greek language encoding! The only thing you need to do after installing the Greek fonts is run netscape and select For the encoding: Greek (ISO8859-7) in the Options/General/Fonts menu, and then select the grtex (hrnet) and grtt (hrnet) for the proportional and the fixed font, respectively. Don't forget to select your preferred size; 12 pt is usually the best. Then select OK and Options/Save Options to make your selections permanent. After that, you'll only have to select Options/Language Encoding/Greek when you come across a Greek page.

    NOTE: Netscape version 3.0b3 does not display the greek fonts correctly, get v3.0b4.

  • If you are using Netscape 2.0b, 2.0, 2.01, or 2.02, you need a special approach because of the encoding scheme. Depending on your screen resolution (as for the fonts), get either file fonts.alias-75dpi or file fonts.alias-100dpi. Put this file where your font files are, rename it to fonts.alias, and let your X server know that you've made changes as follows:
     mv fonts.alias-75dpi fonts.alias
     xset fp rehash
    Then use file GRNetscape2 to run Netscape. Select the hrnet fonts (grtex and grtt) from the Options/General/Fonts menu and then choose Greek from the Options/Language Encoding menu whenever you see a Greek page.

  • If you are using Netscape 1.1 or 1.12 then get the file GRNetscape1.1 and use that to run Netscape. This makes Netscape use the hrnet fonts for all pages, but you can always use the regular fonts by calling netscape as before and not with this file.

To make Mosaic use the Greek fonts you will need a special file depending on the resolution of your screen: Please get the appropriate resource file, either for 75 dpi or for 100 dpi, rename it to GRMosaic.Xresources and use the command

 xrdb -merge GRMosaic.Xresources 
Then run Mosaic with the command
 Mosaic -name GRMosaic
when you want to use the Greek fonts. As always you have the option of placing this command in your .xinitrc file or the entire resource file in app-default directory.

Good luck!

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