Mac Unicode Polytonic Greek keyboard (updated)

April 30, 2008

I’ve just updated my Unicode Greek keyboard for Mac. The name has changed; it’s now “Greek KoineRD” (so that it sorts with the other Greek keyboards already installed in OS X; It was formerly named “Polytonic Greek”). I’ve also added an icon file so that it can be easily distinguished from others keyboards in the Input menu. You can download it from my Unicode page, or directly here: keyboard layout and icon file. (These two files are not bundled; you need to install both of them. One of these days I need to figure out how to create a bundle so it’s just one file.)

To install: copy both files above (Greek KoineRD.keyloyout and Greek KoineRD.icns) to the folder: ~/Library/Keyboard Layouts/ then log out and back in, open the International Preferences pane, and on the Input Menu tab, check the “Greek KoineRD” listing. If you have also checked “Show Input menu in menu bar,” then “Greek KoineRD” should appear as a menu item there.

Pressing Command-Spacebar will toggle between the two most recent keyboards; Command-Option-Spacebar will cycle through all the active keyboards so you can select a specific one (which is why the icon file is important).

I’ve also updated the other “Unicode on Mac” links on the Unicode page, deleting some that are now outdated.

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Update: A couple of notes in response to queries I’ve received:

To download these two files, do a “right click” (or if you don’t have a two button mouse, Control-Click; or if you have a new Mac, a “two-finger click”), and select “Save link as” (or the equivalent command in your browser). This will save a file with a “keylayout” (or “icns”) suffix. The user does not have to bundle them (the “bundling” is something I should do to make it easier for users since the result is a single file instead of two; someday maybe I’ll have time to figure out how to do that.); just copy both files that are downloaded into:

~/Library/Keyboard Layouts/

You’ll have to log out and back in (or Restart if you run in single-user mode) for the new keyboard to be recognized.

This keyboard follows TLG beta code, so it’s pretty easy to use. The major difference is that the diacritic must be typed *before* the vowel instead of after. I wish I knew how to reverse that and put the diacritic after the vowel, but Mac standard proceedure is the reverse. I’ve heard it can be done, but it’s apparently not very obvious.

See the templates posted here for an easy-to-use reference chart for the keyboard.

There is also more detailed info and a downloadable pdf file on the keyboard support page.

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