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[Elot928 Greek] [ASCII Greek] [English]

Computing in Greek on Microsoft Windows NT 3.51 Systems


  • [01] Fonts for Reading Greek Text
  • [02] Keyboard for Writing Greek
  • [03] Technical Support


[01] Fonts for Reading Greek Text

To read Greek text with the appropriate Greek letters and not using Latin characters (ASCII), you must install Greek fonts. The following line is a test; if you can read it, you already have Greek fonts. If you cannot read it, you need those fonts.

Αυτή η γραμμή είναι γραμμένη στα Ελληνικά.

Using, for example, the Hellas Arial or the Hellas Times fonts instead of the Arial or Times fonts, you will be able to read Greek and English in the same page. These fonts follow the standard ELOT-928, which is internationally known as ISO-8859-7 and is used in almost all pages written in Greek.

The instructions for installing Greek fonts are the same as Windows 3.1, if you are using Windows NT version 3.51 or earlier.


[02] Keyboard for Writing Greek

If you want to write Greek text in Windows applications (e.g. word processing) you must have, in addition to the Greek fonts, a keyboard driver, a program that translates the English keyboard in Greek characters based on the ELOT-928 standards. The package hr-wgr32 (43 KB) offers you this option.

Installation

  • Copy hr-wgr32.exe in an empty directory and execute it by double-clicking on it. A group of files will be created. Press F5 to refresh the directory window, if you do not see them.
  • Copy wgr32.exe and wgrdll32.dll to a directory in your path (e.g. the windows directory).
  • Under Windows, add an item for this application (wgr32.exe) in any Program Manager group.

Usage

  • To toggle type AltGr (right Alt) or F12. AltGr will not work on US-derived keyboard drivers where AltGr is not a separate key but behaves like Alt. For those use F12.
  • If you use F12 toggling you will have to disable it in Windows programs which use it.
  • An interesting feature is that you will not have to toggle to your native keyboard mode to type an apostrophe or colon. Just press the key twice while in Greek mode and you will still get it.
No fonts are provided. You will need Windows (ELOT928) TTF fonts to type in Greek. These are provided on the Windows 3.1 fonts pages

Bugs MS Excel is reported not to work well. We think it is accessing the keyboard in directly, bypassing the normal keyboard drivers. All else seems to be fine. Fell free to send your email report to the address below.

The hr-wgr32 package was originally distributed by Angelo Haritsis

[03] Technical Support

    If you have questions regarding the above topics send a message to HR-Net. The Greek Fonts Support team of the HR-Net Group will do their best to help you.

HTML from the Greek Fonts Support team, HR-Net Group. Most recent update, November 11, 1997
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