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    We are primarily concerned here with two browsers: Netscape's Navigator/Communicator and Microsoft's Internet Explorer. If you are using older versions of these browsers we suggest that you upgrade to the last ones (N4.6x and IE5.x respectively). Currently IE5 has the best support for Greek fonts on the WWW although it takes considerably more disk space than N4.6x.

    For those of you who do not use one of these browsers:

    If you are using AOL's WWW browser... don't! Instead, follow AOL's instructions for installing and using Netscape Navigator/Communicator or Microsoft Internet Explorer. AOL's browser is not only comparatively weak, but it has no support for international character sets. Thus, you will not be able to view Greek WWW pages using it.
If you are using NCSA Mosaic, you should also consider switching to the Navigator/Communicator or the Internet Explorer, since NCSA has discontinued development of Mosaic.
    If you are using Lynx, no additional configuration is needed. Given the appropriate terminal emulator (e.g. NetTerm), Lynx will work just fine.
If you are using a browser which we haven't tried, we'd like to hear about it. Send us a message through the support form HERE.
Thus, once the Multilanguage Support has been installed:
Netscape Communicator (Netscape versions 4.x):

There are three steps that need to be followed:


    First, you need to select the default encoding to be used when viewing pages. The default encoding is used when a page does not specify what language it is in, as is the case with most Greek pages on the WWW.

    To do this, you need to select View -> Encoding -> Greek ISO-8859-7, or View -> Encoding -> Greek Windows-1253. In order to avoid repeating this step every time you start Netscape, you should also select View -> Encoding -> Set Default Encoding.

    Note: ISO-8859-7 is the 'proper' Greek encoding, as defined by the Greek Standards Organization (ELOT, hence ELOT928). Windows-1253 is Microsoft's rendition of ISO-8859-7, which has a few annoying errors. Luckily, these are not crucial since the difference is limited to the accented capital 'A'. This character will not be rendered properly in ISO-8859-7 encoding if the document was produced on Microsoft / Windows-1253 platforms, and visa-versa.
Next, you need to tell the browser which fonts should be used for the Greek encoding. To do this, you need to select Edit -> Preferences -> Appearance -> Fonts. Here, you should change For the Encoding to Greek, and enter fonts such as Times New Roman for the Variable Width Font, and Courier New for the Fixed Width Font.
    Finally, for the Sometimes a document will provide its own fonts. option, we prefer to select Use document specified fonts, including Dynamic Fonts. However, if you run across a page that should be in Greek but appears in gibberish, you might want to try changing this option to Use my default fonts, overriding document-specified fonts.

Netscape Navigator Versions 3.x:

There are two steps that need to be followed:


    First, you need to select the default encoding to be used when viewing pages. The default encoding is used when a page does not specify what language it is in, as is the case with most Greek pages on the WWW.

To do this, you need to select Options -> Document Encoding -> Greek.

    In order to avoid repeating this step every time you start Netscape, you should also select Options -> Document Encoding -> Set Default.

    Next, you need to tell the browser which fonts should be used for the Greek encoding. To do this, you need to select Options -> General Preferences -> Fonts. For each of the Use the Proportional Font and Use the Fixed Font you should click on the Choose Font button, and select a font. Before clicking the OK button, make sure that the Script: option is set to Greek.

Microsoft Internet Explorer Versions 4.x:

For Microsoft's Internet Explorer, three steps need to be followed:


    Go to: Help -> Product Updates, answer OK to the dialog box question and choose to install the Pan-European Language Support
    Go to: View -> Internet Options -> Fonts.... There, Greek should be included in the Character Sets area. Click once on 'Greek', then choose Greek Alphabet (ISO) from the Character Set drop-down menu and then click on the Set as Default button.
    You then should change the default fonts for the Proportional font and the Fixed-width font, to e.g. Times New Roman and Courier New respectively, although the defaults should be capable of displaying Greek.

Microsoft Internet Explorer Versions 5.x:

For Microsoft's Internet Explorer, three steps need to be followed:


    Go to: Tools -> Windows Update, answer OK to the dialog box question (if you are asked) and choose to install the Pan-European Language Support. DO NOT install the Language Auto-Selection, because it does not work too well.
    Go to: Tools -> Internet Options -> Fonts.... There, Greek should be included in the 'Language Script' area. Select 'Greek' form the pull-down menu.
    You can then change the default fonts for the Proportional font and the Fixed-width font, to e.g. Times New Roman and Courier New respectively, although the defaults should be capable of displaying Greek.

Microsoft Internet Explorer Versions 3.x:

For Microsoft's Internet Explorer, versions 3.x, two steps need to be followed:


    Go to: View -> Options -> General and click on the Font Settings... button. There, you should select Greek for the Default language.
    Then, click on 'Greek' in the Character Sets area, and select fonts for the Proportional font (e.g. Times New Roman) and the Fixed-width font (e.g. Courier New), although the defaults should be capable of displaying Greek.

Opera 3.x:
    For Opera, versions 3.x, two steps need to be followed:
Go to: Preferences -> Font and background
Then, click on one of the font categories listed on the left and click on Edit. Go to the Script pull-down menu and choose Script, choose OK. You have to repeat the same process for all the fonts listed in the pull-down menu.
    If your version of Netscape Internet Explorer or Opera is not listed here, we recommend that you upgrade to a more current version, since your browsers are probably already having difficulty displaying many recent improvements to HTML. However, if this is something you do not want to do, you are going to need a whole set of additional fonts, and a different set of instructions. In this case please send a message through the support form HERE for assistance.
So, what have we done?

    You should now be able to read and write in Greek, both in word processors and on the WWW. If you have followed the instructions above, the click HERE for a torture test of your WWW browser Greek configuration.

 

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