[texhax] Collection for social sciences and the humanities for TeXLive 2006

pierre.mackay pierre.mackay at comcast.net
Fri Sep 8 20:01:22 CEST 2006

Uwe Lück has mentioned Ibycus4, and---as the developer of this---I will 
just second his inclusion of it in the class of support
for scholarly editions.  Ibycus has a fairly complete set of the symbols 
needed for manuscripts, papyri and inscriptions (no Attic numerals, 
unfortunately).  There is no reason why it couldn't be used for modern 
monotonic Greek, except that it is encoded more for non-Greek speakers 
than for native Greek speakers who have a specific keyboard layout. 

The Ibycus font, based on Silvio Levy's 1830s Didot letterforms, can be 
seen in the University of California Press journals /Classical 
Antiquity/ and /Rhetorica/.  There is no "italic" and the boldface was 
produced independently, by a user, with some compromise to the 
definition of letters and accents.

It is based on post-positive accentuation, which now makes it much 
closer to Unicode than some of the other Greek packages which used 
pre-positive accentuation.  A related development is an enhancement of 
Alexey Kryukov's Thessalonica.  Thessalonica 2.1i provides a keyboard 
layout that matches Ibycus and produces Unicode Greek (codepoints in 
pages 03 and 1F).  This is a UNO package and, as such, works only with 

Pierre MacKay

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