Screenshots: Greek font samples
For use in modern ISO-based digital environments, and for trouble-free exchange across platforms and software packages, a Greek font has to be a standard Unicode font with the characters defined in the Unicode ranges 0370-03FF ("Greek") and 1F00-1FFF ("Extended Greek"). Ideally, it should also contain characters from other code ranges (such as the standard varieties of the Latin alphabet) so that it can be used to create mixed-language texts.
This has been the case for many years now, ever since version 2.0 of the Unicode standard was released. Consequently, font manufacturers around the world have created a very large and ever-increasing number of such fonts. Some operating systems also include suitable fonts. For instance, modern versions of Microsoft Windows come with a font called Arial Unicode MS, which contains the Greek and Extended Greek character ranges, in addition to many other character ranges.
Nanos comes with three Greek Unicode fonts: Aisa Unicode, Code2000, and Proson. The Proson font is very similar in appearance to the font used in the Oxford Classical Texts (OCT) editions. Proson and Code2000 contain the Latin alphabet as well, so they can be used for mixed-language texts. This is, unfortunately, not the case with the excellent Greek font Aisa Unicode, which contains no Latin-alphabet characters.
For more information on available Greek fonts, including compatibility testing, and for download links to good Greek fonts, please click here.
Some of these fonts are free of charge for non-commercial purposes, such as Gentium and GentiumAlt, MgOpen Canonica, and TITUS Cyberbit Basic, all of which contain the Latin alphabet as well, making them suitable for mixed-language texts.
Here are some font samples (screenshots) created with some of the fonts mentioned above:
|Titus Cyberbit Basic|