What is Unicode? Part III
How to Install Unicode
For even more information on Unicode fonts, check out David Instone-Brewer’s smashing page over at Tyndale House.
But I’ll tell you briefly what you can do:
Then make your Text Services and Input Languages settings look like this:
With the settings below you’ll see a little bar in your task bar telling you what keyboard layout you’re using: EN, EL (Ellena, or Greek), or HE.
I’ve set up my keyboard shortcuts to be Ctrl+Shift+1 for English (Latin), Ctrl+Shift+2 for Greek, and Ctrl+Shift+3 for Hebrew. I recently Unicode-ized someone else’s dissertation (for a reasonable fee!). These keyboard shortcuts probably cut my time in half.
In Mac OS X,
- Download these two Keyboard Layouts (both of which I got from Tyndale House, but one of which I’ve edited for the final sigma to match the BibleWorks Greek font I was accustomed to).
- Put them in ~/Library/Keyboard Layouts.
- Then restart Finder (or your computer if that doesn’t work).
- Now open the International preference pane, and check off Greek-TH and Hebrew-TH.
- Make sure to check “Show input menu in menu bar.”
- Pick whatever keyboard shortcut you want. Mine is a workaround with Spark for one-key access with my Microsoft Natural keyboard; you’ll want to use something easier to remember. I made the icons for you.
Your International Preference Pane should look like this so you’ll have a menu bar icon telling you what language you’re in:
You should have Greek-TH and Hebrew-TH checked off in the list, but no others (unless you know what you’re doing):
Now you’ll have a menu like this in your menu bar:
If you ever need help knowing what keys to type you can choose the Keyboard Viewer. The orange below highlights special keys meant for helping you input diacritics. We’ll learn more about that in Part IV, the Final Installment.