3.910 Greek on PCs (77)

Willard McCarty (MCCARTY@vm.epas.utoronto.ca)
Mon, 8 Jan 90 20:24:59 EST

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 3, No. 910. Monday, 8 Jan 1990.

Date: Sat, 6 Jan 90 18:16:16 EST
From: "John J Hughes" <XB.J24@STANFORD.BITNET>
SUBJECT: Printing Hellenistic Greek on IBMs


Some time ago I put out a plea requesting information about
PostScript Greek fonts that could be used on an IBM platform with
the word processor Sprint (from Borland). Several HUMANISTs
quickly pointed out that (1) PostScript is PostScript and that
(2) PostScript font files are pure ASCII files. Thus any
PostScript font should be able to be moved from a Mac platform to
an IBM platform, and vice versa.

To the best of my knowledge, there are only two commercially
available PostScript Greek fonts: (1) the LaserGreek font set
from Linguists' Software and (2) SMK Greek Keys from Scholars
Press, both of which were developed for the Mac.

I bought a copy of LaserGreek for $99 and succeeded in moving it
from the Mac to my Compaq and in getting it to work with Sprint.
I am now able to print properly accented Greek, complete with all
diacriticals, in any almost size I choose (since Sprint has an
easy-to-use font scaling command), including 4- to 6-inch tall
Greek letters (just for fun).

I have fully documented the procedure for moving the PostScript
font LaserGreek from a Mac to an IBM and in getting the font to
work with Sprint. I will be glad to send a copy of this 15-page
document to any HUMANIST. To defray the cost of my time and of
printing and mailing the material, I'm charging $5 for this
information. I hope this isn't too commercial for HUMANISTs! If
you would like the 15-page document and copies of the ASCII
character-translation file and character-width table to use with
Sprint, the price is $10. All materials will be sent via air
mail. If you would like the character-translation and
character-width files, please be sure to specify your disk

(1) 5.25-inch, 360K
(2) 5.25-inch, 1.2MB
(3) 3.5-inch, 720K

You may contact me at any of the following addresses:

BITNET: XB.J24@Stanford
Phone: (406) 862-7280
FAX: (406) 862-1124
Post: Bits & Bytes Computer Resources
623 Iowa Ave.
Whitefish, MT 59937

Please do not send any money. I will send invoices.

I am now working on moving the Linguists' Software PostScript
Hebrew font from my Mac to my Compaq and then configuring the
font to work with Sprint. I'll report later on HUMANIST about

I would like to thank Dr. Paul Bradley
(Bradley@VM.UTCS.UToronto.CA) for his helpful suggestions about
moving PostScript fonts from macs to IBMs. Thanks also to Drs.
Paul Bacsich (PD_Bacsich@VAX.ACS. Open.AC.UK), Douglas de Lacey
(DEL2@Phoenix.Cambridge.AC.UK), and Roland Hutchinson
(R.RDH@Macbeth.Stanford.EDU) for their help and encouragement.

John Hughes