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Polytonic Greek (SIL) Keyboard Help

General layout

Normal (default keyboard state)

Shift state

Keyboard Assignments

The main purpose of the keyboards is to provide a wide range of keying options, so many characters can be entered in multiple ways. If you are typing and make a mistake and use the backspace key to delete characters, the keyboard remembers the context.


Character: α β γ δ ε ζ η θ ι κ λ μ ν ξ
Type: a b g d e z j, e=, e~ or e^ q or th i k l m n x
Character: ο π ρ σ, ς τ υ φ χ ψ ω
Type: o p r s t u f or ph c , ch or kh y or ps w , o= , o~ or o^

The keyboard automatically chooses the correct code for the sigma depending upon the encoding and the context, so the correct final form is used when appropriate.

Characters γγ γκ γξ γχ
Type ngg nk nx nc(h)

When gamma occurs before another gamma, it can be typed as ng, meaning that ἀγγελος can be typed (space) anggelos. When gamma occurs before kappa, xi or chi, it can be typed as n. Note that ng alone produces νγ, as in μενουνγε.


Characters ά ᾶ ὰ ᾳ ϊ
Type ' or / ^ , ~ or = ` or \ !, | , + or _ "

Diacritics are usually typed after vowels, but may also be typed before word-initial vowels and should be typed before uppercase letters. They can be combined in any order. If you accidentally type the wrong diacritic, you can change it by typing the correct one immediately.

Breath Marks

Characters ἀ ἁ
Type > h or <

A smooth breathing is automatically added to a word-initial vowel and a rough breathing to a word-initial rho. To get a rough breathing on an initial vowel, type h, e.g. huper for ὑπερ . If you type a word that is all uppercase, the initial breathing mark is automatically removed.

Like other diacritics, they are usually typed after vowels, but may be typed before word-initial vowels. They can also be combined with other diacritics by typing them in any order after the base character. If you type a diphthong, any breath marks and accents on the first vowel are correctly moved to the second vowel.

For example, to type Οὐκ εἰμι ἐγω ὁ Χριστος. (ΙΩΑΝΝΗΝ 3 28) you only need to press the following keys:
O u k SPACE e i m i SPACE e g w SPACE h o SPACE C r i s t o s PERIOD SPACE ( I W A N N J N SPACE 3 : 2 8 )

You can also press * to remove the breathing mark from a vowel or rho.

In a few words, a vowel with dieresis follows an accented vowel. You will need to type @ before the vowel with dieresis to get the right behavior. For example, to get Ἰάϊρος, type Ia/@i"ros.


Characters , . ; ̓
Type , . : ; or ? ' ' (two)

To type an apostrophe following a vowel (as in δι ̓ αὐτοῦ) press the quote key twice.

Other Characters

The following characters are available for typing directly:

& ( ) - 0 ... 9 [ ] { }

Others can be typed by preceding them with @ (the @ produces .):

Characters ! « » * +

Type @! @( @) @* @+ @~ @-
Characters / : < = > \
Type @/ @: @< @= @> @\ or %

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