Saturday, July 03, 2010

Really slow

I do most of my greek work on a Windows 7 operating system, running Keyman. It makes typing polytonic Greek a real breeze, and I can switch keyboard layouts with some custom hotkeys.

But I also run a linux system off the same computer, which is also where emails tend to end up. And the Greek polytonic layout is different. Which messes me up. You get used to one system and then the other totally throws you.

This explains why sometimes things get delayed. Like just now when I went to type an email in Greek and gave up in frustration. it's bad enough trying to think in Greek, let alone remember a foreign keyboard layout.

Okay, this is truly my last post before going away for the week. mission conference then speaking at a church retreat. would appreciate your prayers.


user said...

The issue is partly that you got used to the other keyboard layout for polytonic.
I do not know how the Keyman Polytonic layout works (which do you use, there are several).

In Linux, you can follow the instructions at
Unlike Windows, in Linux you can stack dead keys, so for ᾅ you would press the three dead keys (in any order), then α and you get the correct letter.

In addition, Linux has a system for complex keyboard layouts, a la Keyman style, called IBus. It is available in either Fedora or Ubuntu. In IBus there is a Greek Polytonic layout. It's different from the common Greek Polytonic layout, so it might be similar to Keyman's. With IBus you can see characters being composed visually. There is even a spell-checking input method and other advanced stuff.

Seumas Macdonald said...

Yes, clearly it is a matter of what one gets used to. I'll have a look at IBus. Thanks.

Marc said...

Thanks for the comments on Keyman! You might also find the KeymanWeb Greek Polytonic layouts useful - these can be used in web browsers on Linux at and match the Keyman Desktop keyboard layouts.

Seumas Macdonald said...


Thanks, that is really helpful, I did not know about that!