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Tips on Using Greek Characters

YAWC supports the conversion of Unicode fonts into XML. If you are using the Symbol font for Greek characters in your Word document, this is not a Unicode font, and Greek characters will not be properly converted. Use a Unicode font with Greek characters (e.g. Lucida Sans Unicode) to ensure Greek characters are converted into XML properly.

Greek characters and HTML

You may wish to use the Symbol font in your HTML pages, to ensure that browsers on Windows PCs without Unicode support (Windows 95) can see your Greek characters correctly. Try the following work-around.

  1. Create a character style Greek in your Word document or template, and assign it the Symbol font by default.
  2. Mark up any Greek characters using this character style, rather than using the Symbol font directly.
  3. Change the YAWC configuration file for HTML to add an entry for the Greek character style, and map it to 'span class="Greek"'.
  4. When you want to convert the document into HTML, change the font for the Greek style from Symbol to the default paragraph font. This displays the characters as a, b, c, etc.
  5. Convert the document into HTML, and change the font back to Symbol. In your HTML page, the Greek characters will appear inside a SPAN element, as follows: "<span class="Greek">a</span>.
  6. In your HTML page, add a CSS style specification to display characters inside the "Greek" class using the symbol font, e.g.
  7. .Greek { font-family: Symbol }

    This will cause the characters to be displayed as Greek letters in a Windows based browser, but may not work on a Macintosh or Unix computer.

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