Viewing Greek digital content

Viewing Greek digital content using your Browser and email program

Searching your Greek genealogy requires the ability to read Greek texts.

Changing the settings of your browser or email program to view Greek characters does not inhibit your viewing content in the English language.  As a matter of fact, if you also view content in other western cultures of Europe, then using Unicode UTF-8 is the best character encoding to use because it encapsulates most languages.

Browser and email encoding for programs

The Greek Standards Organization (ELOT) is responsible for the standardization in Greece but like many of the Greek bureaucracies they added to the confusion during the beginning of the digital age in Greece.

These are the most common character sets are known as encoding and are in use today on the Internet for Greek content so if you cannot read the Greek in your browser then you maybe forced to try changing the character encoding.  Luckily international standards are using the UTF-8 character set that incorporates many of the western based languages today.

Character encodings for the Greek language:

UTF-8, ISO-8859-7, Windows-1253, MacGreek.

Depending on your browser, you may have to turn off the character encoding auto detect feature because it may not correctly choose the proper encoding which can also be the fault of the website viewed.

Another parameter that must be considered when viewing Greek characters is the font that your browser and email uses.

The most compatible fonts for reading and writing Greek are:

Arial, Times New Roman, Tahoma, Verdana, Courier New, Georgia, Serif, Calibri, and Cambria.

When changing these fonts in the browser settings, you must also change:

Internet Explorer: Tools Internet Options, Languages: Add Greek, Fonts: Language Script: Greek

Firefox: Content tab: Advanced: fonts for: Greek, default character encoding: Unicode UTF-8

Opera, choose UTF-8 and Ελληνικά (Ellinika) to be added to your preferred languages

Chrome Settings: Show Advanced Settings, Web Content: encoding: Unicode UTF-8

Making these changes will not affect your viewing of latin based characters, as a matter of fact it will allow you to view most languages correctly including the accent marks used.

The majority of these fonts are also available for use in your email and word processing programs.

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