Keyboard Map for SPIonic Greek Font


Go here to download a zip file of SPIonic.

SPIonic is a public domain Greek font created by James Adair at Scholar's Press
The Scholars' Press site is no longer active, and SPIonic was difficult to find, which is why I made the SPIonic font and its documentation available here
If anyone knows the present location or contact address for Dr. Adair, please let me know


SPIonic exists in both Macintosh and Windows versions, both with the same character and keyboard maps.   By design, all characters in the font lie between decimal 32 and 127 (20x-7Fx, 040-0177), so they should transfer without problem over the Internet.
The font is designed to follow the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae encoding scheme (see here ) to as great an extent as possible, with a few exceptions.
The most important exception is that upper and lowercase letters have separate code points, unlike the TLG standard which requires an asterisk to indicate an uppercase letter (however, the asterisk is also part of the font).
A second major variation is that breathing marks, accents, and other diacriticals exist in two forms: one for use with narrow characters and one for use with wide characters.

The uppercase and lowercase letters are listed first, in alphabetical order, followed by breathing mark and accent combinations, and then by other symbols.
Please note the distinction between upper and lower case in the "key" columns; all shifted keys are so indicated.
Also, note that diacriticals that are designed for narrow characters are generally unshifted, whereas the corresponding diacriticals for wide characters are shifted (the stand-alone dieresis, following TLG, is the exception).
Stand-alone vowels (e.g., before an uppercase letter at the beginning of a word) may be simulated by typing a non-breaking space (7) followed by the narrow breathing mark/accent combination.
A few differences may exist among keyboards for some shifted keys (e.g., is " shift-' or shift-2 ?), so people with different keyboards will have to make the proper adjustments.

You need to have the SPIonic font installed on your computer for the characters to display properly in the table


Uppercase   Lowercase
Character Key   Character Key
A A shift-a alpha a a
B B shift-b beta b b
G G shift-g gamma g g
D D shift-d delta d d
E E shift-e epsilon e e
Z Z shift-z zeta z z
H H shift-h eta h h
V V shift-v vau/digamma v v
Q Q shift-q theta q q
I I shift-i iota i i
K K shift-k kappa k k
L L shift-l lambda l l
M M shift-m mu m m
N N shift-n nu n n
C C shift-c xi c c
O O shift-o omicron o o
P P shift-p pi p p
J J shift-j qoppa    
R R shift-r rho r r
S S shift-s sigma ( initial/medial ) s s
    sigma ( final ) j j
T T shift-t tau t t
U U shift-u upsilon u u
F F shift-f phi f f
X X shift-x chi x x
Y Y shift-y psi y y
W W shift-w omega w w
` ` grave accent sampi    
    iota subscript a| | virgule, shift- \
Wide Characters   Narrow Characters
w) ) shift-0 smooth breathing e0 0 zero
w( ( shift-9 rough breathing e9 9
w& & ampersand, shift-7 acute accent e/ / forward slash
w_ _ underscore, shift- - grave accent e\ \ backslash
w~ ~ tilde, shift-` circumflex accent e= = equal sign
w! ! exclamation, shift-1 smooth + acute e1 1
w@ @ "at" sign, shift-2 smooth + grave e2 2
w} } right brace, shift-] smooth + circumflex e] ] right bracket
w# # hatch, shift-3 rough + acute e3 3
w$ $ dollar sign, shift-4 rough + grave e4 4
w{ { left brace, shift-[ rough + circumflex e[ [ left bracket
w" " double quote, shift-' dieresis e+ + plus, shift-=
w% % percent, shift-5 dieresis+acute e5 5
w^ ^ caret, shift-6 dieresis+grave e6 6
w> > greater than, shift-. macron (wide char) e< < less than, shift-,
, , comma Greek comma  
: : colon, shift- ; Greek colon (raised dot)  
. . period Greek full stop (period)  
; ; semi-colon Greek question mark  
- - hyphen Greek dash  
' ' single quote Greek elision mark  
a? ? question mark sub-linear dot (uncertainty)  
a8 8 overstrike for nomina sacra  
  7 non-breaking space  
  space space  

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