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Creating web sites with Nanos

Nanos is the ideal tool to generate and edit Greek text for web pages. You can even write entire web pages with Greek and non-Greek text within Nanos. Or you can use Nanos to write/edit the Greek text components to be used in web design packages such as Adobe/Macromedia Dreamweaver, Adobe GoLive, OpenOffice, StarOffice, etc.

Here is how to write entire web pages directly in Nanos, and how to generate Greek texts for use in full-blown web design packages.


(1) Writing entire web pages directly in Nanos

You can use Nanos as a basic HTML or XML editor. Use the Nanos Virtual Keyboard (the "soft keyboard" on the Nanos screen) to enter Greek characters with diacritics, and your computer's physical keyboard to enter basic Greek characters without diacritics (set your keyboard layout to Greek, using the keyboard layout selection button that your operating system offers). That is the fastest method for inputting Greek text. To enter Latin-alphabet text, set your keyboard layout back to a Latin-alphabet layout. Again, do this by selecting it from your operating system's keyboard layout selection button. By toggling between the Greek and the Latin-alphabet keyboard layout and by adding all complicated characters from the Nanos Virtual Keyboard, you can quickly write simple web pages in HTML or XML. Save the file with an .htm or .html extension, or with an .xml extension (if it is an XML page). You don't have to specify a special file type when you save. Nanos will automatically save the file in the UTF-8 format (an internationally normed Unicode format which is also endorsed by the Internet authorities). The UTF-8 format is the default Nanos file saving format. So after saving the file, you can directly put it on the web.

Click here for an example of such a web page.

(In older browsers, click here, and press the Back button to return here.)

You may want to use this sample web page as a simple template for your own text-based web pages.

Please note that we put the following line in the <head> section of our sample web page:

meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8">

In Greek HTML pages, this line is mandatory, setting the character set of the web page to UTF-8. This line is absolutely necessary for displaying Greek text (and many other alphabets!) properly in web pages. Make sure it is there in your web page!

If you are writing XML pages, there is no need to set the character set to UTF-8, because UTF-8 is the default character set for XML (just as it is for Nanos).


(2) Generating Greek texts for use in full-blown web design packages

Nanos is by far the easiest, fastest and most reliable and comprehensive way of inputting Greek text for use in such packages as Dreamweaver, GoLive or OpenOffice. In fact, Greek text is transferred from Nanos to web design packages exactly in the same way it is transferred to any other software package. There are two ways: via your operating system's clipboard (copy-and-paste with Ctrl-C and Ctrl-V), or via saving your text files in UTF-8 format (in Nanos) and opening them again (in the other software package). In case you need step-by-step instructions for how to do this, please click here.

One thing to remember: the final HTML web page will have to have the following line in the <head> section:

meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8">

In Greek HTML pages, this line is mandatory, setting the character set of the web page to UTF-8. This line is absolutely necessary for displaying Greek text (and many other alphabets!) properly in web pages. Make sure it is there in your web page! Many good web design packages put in this line automatically. Just make sure it is there. If it is not, insert it.

You only need this line if you are writing HTML pages. If you are writing XML pages, there is no need to set the character set to UTF-8, because UTF-8 is the default character set for XML (just as it is for Nanos).

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