December 05, 2004

Feedback Needed

Late last night I got back from a very pleasant two days at the Ancient Studies: New Technology III conference in Harrisonburg -- more on that later. While I was there, I picked up some tricks that should theoretically improve this site. The first has just been installed: unicode (e.g. Φ for capital omega) to display Greek even for viewers who have no Greek font installed on their machines.

If anyone wants to help me see whether it worked, please take a look at Juvenal's first satire and let me know whether the Greek-letter manuscript designations came through. There should be a capital omega at the end of line 87, an end-of-word sigma at the end of 100, and a capital phi at the end of 104. There are all in the apparatus criticus in the right-hand column, just before the double vertical slashes that mark the end of each critical note. If you do not see Greek letters in all three places, I would like to know what you do see, and what browser you are using. Answers may be left in the contents.

Comments have been turned back on. Please ignore any spam that survives long enough for you to see it. I haven't found a technical solution for that yet.

Posted by Michael Hendry at December 5, 2004 11:54 PM
It works, but is it intended to be bold? The only reason I ask is because Classico e Moderno is undergoing a similar thing and a pile of their characters seem to be bold as well ... Posted by: rogueclassicist at December 6, 2004 05:44 AM
Yes, I made them bold to match the Roman letters. Print editions sometimes do it that way, and it seems to look better on the screen at most sizes, worse at some sizes. I may change it. Posted by: Michael Hendry at December 6, 2004 08:45 AM
I get the characters in Opera and IE. It looks like a better way round the problem of getting Greek on screen than using the Symbol font. Posted by: Alun at December 6, 2004 10:48 AM

Hmmm... I'm showing a lowercase theta.

For UTF-8 encoding, you can type either Ω [= Ω] or Ω [= Ω].

Would you happen to be using Mac OS X? If so, I'd have more tips. Happy computing!

Posted by: Angelo at December 7, 2004 12:49 PM
Sorry! Actually capital phi (UTF-8 Φ = Φ = Φ, not lowercase theta. Posted by: Angelo at December 7, 2004 11:37 PM