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    Greek Accents in Google Chrome

    Hi,

    I am trying to type in Greek with accents in Google Chrome and for some reason accented letters come up as boxes. The letters display properly elsewhere in Linux (i.e. in gedit). I installed a special font SBL Greek but that hasn't helped.

    Thanks

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    Re: Greek Accents in Google Chrome

    Hello,

    I do not know if this is going to help you, since I do not face this kind of problem (my fonts are pretty ok whenever I try to type accents or not), yet in the old days:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install msttcorefonts
    was solving a lot of issues. You could try it and see what you will get.

    Regards!

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    Re: Greek Accents in Google Chrome

    Hi,

    Thanks, that added a few extra characters, but still not all of them. I am using Koine Greek (Biblical Greek) which I think uses more accents that modern Greek.

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    Re: Greek Accents in Google Chrome

    Update:

    It appears to only be in Google Docs that the problem occurs. And the problem only occurs with the Google Docs default fonts (which strangely wasn't a problem in Windows) but if I add a new font then all the characters appear properly. Anyone know why there is a problem with the default fonts in Google Docs? I am assuming this is a Ubuntu thing since it's no problem in Windows.

    Thanks

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    Re: Greek Accents in Google Chrome

    I am using Chromium, not Chrome, but you might want to check the encoding. In Chromium it is under Tools>Encoding. Is it set to Autodetect? A Windows encoding? Unicode (UTF-8)?

    I find that the fonts that come with Ubuntu/Libreoffice, such as Freeserif, are capable of displaying all the Greek accented characters necessary to replicate the Greek text of the Christian Greek Scriptures (New Testament). I do not have any need for using a specialist Greek font. This is the benefit of using Unicode fonts. The person viewing the web page does not need to install a specialist font. For example, with encoding set to Unicode (UTF-8) I have no issue viewing the Liddle-Scott Greek Lexicon on the Perseus.tufts.edu site.

    Regards.
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